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Why do I write books?
Simple answer, I can't NOT write books.
For as long as I can remember, I've felt a compulsion to express my creative side. When I was a child, I made up silly little poems and songs and hummed them while skipping to my own beat. In school, I actually hated reading and writing, and I was told I needed to focus more...but I already was, just on my own things. Yes, I was a daydreamer, and I still am today.
Throughout my life, as I discovered the wonderful world of words (it took me a while) I began expressing myself through songs and poems of the adult version. I learnt to play guitar but something still didn't feel right. I felt I was meant to do more. Maybe it was that middle kid syndrome growing up that made me feel that way, I don't know. I felt I wasn't important enough because I wasn't the oldest like my big brother. I wasn't even the oldest girl in my family like my big sister. And, I wasn't as important as the youngest, like my little brother. I was just plain old me...the kid in the middle, insignificant as I felt. So, the quest my entire life was to matter. I wanted everything I did to matter, what I thought, what I did, what I wrote...and what I write today. Perhaps this is a dysfunction, but whatever you want to label it...it is me.
And so I began one of the most profound journeys of my life: My writing career. I didn't do it to make money, yes, that always helps, but it started out my passion and still is. I wrote when my kids were young and became frustrated because I didn't know what exactly I was suppose to do to get my books out there. My first book sat on a shelf collecting dust for ten years.
Now that my kids are grown and on their own, I decided to blow off the dust of my old forgotten novels, and get them published. Little by little, I put one foot forward to seek my dream to become an author...and every day I'm challenged to find the time. I work full time at a busy cable company, and still try to squeeze in as much writing time as possible. I wake up early, two hours before my shift starts every day, and write my heart out. Yes, finding time to write is a constant struggle, but I will do anything to make time for my passion.
I call writing, my passion, because I want other people to learn from my experiences. I have been through a lot of hard things and the only way I have made it, is because of my faith. I am a Christian, and follower of Jesus Christ, my saviour and friend. He has helped me through so many things. I want to share that. I want to write my experiences and show how God has helped me through, in hopes that others may share in the blessing. This is my purpose, my drive, my destiny in life...my reason for writing.
And if this isn't enough reason for writing, I have one more that burns inside my chest. Not only do I want to matter, but I want God's words to matter. I want everything I write to lead people to Christ. Perhaps you can call me an evangelist, I don't know. But what I do know is that I am a non-traditionalist. I don't evangelize in the normal way, I do it through my characters. Yes, I also write true stories about my own life, and love to encourage and help others through difficulties as God helped me, but I have an imagination too. I like to create flawed characters and watch them learn and grow into the men and woman God intended them to be.
I don't write about perfect people, or make it seem like Christian's have it all together because we don't. I don't! I'm flawed, just like the next person. I make mistakes like everyone else. The only difference is I'm saved by God's grace and he helps me through the tough times. I want my characters to do the same so that my reader fans can relate to them and learn through them...and ultimately turn to Jesus for a love so unbelievable, it makes your heart sing. And...I want my readers to know...they are loved no matter what, no matter how screwed up and flawed they are...because he loves us ALL!
Why do I write books?
Because I matter to me, and I matter to God...and so do you!
on June 24, 2013 :
There are some new characters making a cameo appearance in this one. Eunice was a vocal, snotty Christian who met Zack, which later she discovered that he was in a cult whom sacrificed two of her children. Yet she had no standard evidence to verify her suspicions. She died without asking Christ in her life because of her stubbornness and felt she failed God by sinning repeatedly. Carla, on the other hand, saddened by the death of Eunice in the short time of meeting her although she was a judgmental-mean Christian to her but came to the resolution that they had similar faults/sins. Eunice was the only one who saw through the sheer appearance and knew what sins she was tackling with; but expected Carla to get it right before it's too late and adamantly refused to do it for herself. These two characters stuck in my mind for a moment about how Christians can be taken wrongly, or making faulty accusations and voicing their opinions about another Christian walk when they need to get their lives right (plank out of your own eye)!
Seeing the godly transition with Sadie in this second book. Brian appears to help solve a crime scene and possible death in the deep waters, but also acknowledges that something in that water bit Eunice to cause the deadly infection. Pip sees the monster eye to eye, able to get away.
Enjoyed some of the things in reference to Christianity and how we need to change our perceptions--and get right with God.
One of my fave parts of the novel: There's an argument over whether or not this person is judging the other person who isn't sounding like a believer in "Deep Bay Relic" by Kathleen Morris.
Sadie refers to Gal. 6:1. She explains, "man is plural for all mankind, and yes you are trespassing. If you claim to be a Christian and you deliberately choose to live a sinful lifestyle with Mike, it is my responsibility as it is a fellow believer, to restore you back to spiritual health. I'm not doing it to hurt you or judge you, I'm doing it because I care about your relationship with Christ." (page 85).
Great analogy that parallels to the Holy Spirit: An EGG has 3 parts: yoke, white part, and shell. But we call it ONE EGG. That's the way God is, had 3 parts too: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We still call him God/Lord/YHWH though (page 115, eBook version, paraphrased).
*Although there are minor grammatical errors in the novel (and a little lost on some POV), you can bypass and enjoy the great read.
I received a PDF copy from the author to review (Willing to Review Christian books group on Goodreads).
Author of "The Day Begins with Christ"
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 14, 2013 :
Though some people never learn from their mistakes, let's not be the same; that is the message I came away with from this novel. The book flows well, is suspenseful, and keeps your continual interest. A definate good read. I'll be waiting to read her next one.
(reviewed long after purchase)