A neighbor recently asked me what inspired me to write novels…
I didn’t have to think long to recall the exact moment that my journey in novel writing began. It all happened on a dare, really. From my husband, Joe.
But first, as we say, some backstory…
In 1995, my mother-in-law, Claudette Harris Alexander, gave me a book she thought I would enjoy––I took one look at the cover and shelved it, certain I wouldn’t. I was busy. Time went by. She asked if I’d read it. I said no, but that I would. The best laid plans…
Very unexpectedly, Claudette died shortly thereafter from a brain aneurysm at age 58. (Oh, so young.) Weeks passed, and as I was cleaning one afternoon in our Colorado home (where we were living at the time), I happened across that book and immediately sat down and read it. Claudette was right. I felt an immediate connection with the thread of hope woven through that gentle love story—Love Comes Softly, by Janette Oke. (A Hallmark movie has since been based on the novel.)
Over time, I developed a strong interest in Christian fiction. Three years later, when Joe and I were driving back from a trip one night, I finished a novel, turned to him and said (only kidding), “I think I could write one of these.” Without blinking, he said, “Well, do it!” We’ve always been a tad competitive so I nodded and said, “All right, I will!”
Little did I know what that would lead to, but that’s how it all started.
I’ve had ten novels published since 2006 with additional novels currently contracted. I’m grateful for the opportunities God has given me to write, and I’m living proof that you’re never too old to start something new.
What’s something you would love to do but haven’t tried yet? Do you have a dream tucked deep in your pocket? What are you waiting for? Have you laid it before the Lord and asked him to guide your steps? If you’re willing, share it with us today. We’d love to come alongside you and encourage you in that pursuit.
I’m so grateful for this community of women. We’re acquaintances, friends, fellow travelers on this journey, and––in the most precious sense––sisters. You all inspire me to do better. To live life with more conviction and purpose, and I’m so grateful God has brought each of you into my life.
And hey, don’t you love our new digs? A huge THANK YOU goes out to Robin for all the work she’s done in designing and building this new home for us. Robin, bravo, babe! To celebrate our new blog site, we’re hosting a huge giveaway that starts Monday, April 7th, so be sure to watch for more on that.
And now… What’s something you would love to do but haven’t tried yet? Any dreams tucked in that pocket?
A little something for inspiration on this April Fool’s Day, but I’m really not fooling. 🙂
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