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Writer's Angst

It’s always at the beginning and end of a project that I wonder why I ever thought I could be a writer.  In the middle, I’m having fun.  I’m in my groove, zinging along, letting the characters tell their story.

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Inputting corrections

Inputting corrections has to be the most tedious part of the writing process.  Shannon and I have survived our experiment so far, and the dictation system is working.  We’ve done one chapter together. It turns out she’s an editor as well as a good typist.  She stopped me several times and made good suggestions.  More changes.  I also got feedback from the peanut gallery.   Two home-schooled grandchildren are in the living room doing their work, but also listening to the story.  They don’t have editing changes, but comments about my characters.

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On writing - nearing the end

The hardest part about writing is the first page.  It feels like stepping high up on a cliff and seeing nothing below but fog.  God says jump.  Your instincts say stay put, step back.  So you hover, doubting.  Are You there, Lord?  Sometimes it takes me a while to step off and let go of any preconceived ideas of what I outlined and let God be there in the mist I’m sailing through. 

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On the elections

I try to avoid politics when blogging, but feel I need to say a few things about the coming election. 

I cannot in good conscience vote for any party that makes sin (unlimited abortion; gay marriage) primary points in their platform.  Nor can I vote for a man who is actively hostile toward biblical principles and Christianity. 

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Jerusalem and Rome

I didn’t have the opportunity to visit Jerusalem or Rome until after all three novels in the Mark of the Lion trilogy (A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness and As Sure As the Dawn) had been released.  Rick had spent time in Jerusalem and Rome as a child.  His family had lived in Aman, Jordan where Dad ran an airline. Hence, they were able to visit cities all over Europe and the Middle East.  (Rick played golf in Tehran! “No grass on either fairways or greens.  All dirt and rocks.”) 

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Writing Historicals

I was an average student.  I received a D in reading in sixth grade.  I’m still a slow reader.  History wasn’t my favorite subject until I was introduced to historical fiction by my mother-in-law, Edith.  After that, I was hooked, not just on fiction, but on facts and details. 

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Different Audiences

Contrary to what most people might think, I have had more freedom to write in the Christian publishing world than I did in the general market.

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Who is our voice today?

Hadassah was a light in the darkness for those who didn’t know or understand who Jesus is.  It wasn’t what she said because, in the beginning, she said very little.  It was the way she lived her life that impacted others.  That is still true today for all of us who believe in Jesus.  People watch Christians.  They may criticize and want to crush us, but underneath all that animosity is a hunger to know:  “Is it true?” 

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Book Connections

When I became a Christian, I couldn’t write.  Then, later, God opened the door through the story of Hosea.  I could almost hear Him saying, “You’ve been writing about ‘love’ for years.  So, write about love – MY kind of love.”  It was a year of hard work and revelation.  My desk faced a wall with the living/family room behind me.  God taught me how to focus in chaos, to open my ears to His voice and not all the other voices surrounding me, real and from the talking box in the corner. 

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What if Hadassah had died?

** SPOILER ALERT **

 

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