My relationship with stories began before I can remember. Looking back at my childhood, I’ve realized that I seem to have been wired to think of the world and everything in it in terms of story. While my siblings tended to notice more practical details of the world, I got swept up imagining what life in a certain house I saw might be like or trying to understand the thoughts of a little girl I saw playing outside.
This God-given inclination toward story naturally led me to start writing down tales of my own as a young child. I was also encouraged to write thanks to my mother’s voracious love of reading and the early exposure she provided to countless books.
My genre of choice has always been fiction. As a young girl, I wrote little stories that I made into books with cardboard “covers,” construction paper pages, and my own illustrations. I mostly wrote these stories as something to do, to pass the time at the age when days seemed never-ending.
But, as the years went by, I eventually came to discover how much I enjoyed writing longer stories. In particular, I fell in love with writing when I learned that I could touch people’s emotions through the tales I penned.
Just as the children’s books I read as a little girl sparked my creativity, encountering others’ stories, especially through movies, continues to be my most effective creative muse. My true inspiration, however, comes from God, who gave me my imagination and continues to inspire me daily!
Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story–a passion that has led her to a B.A. in English and a highly varied career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Jerusha is the author of the Sisters Redeemed Series, which includes the titles This Dance, This Shadow, and This Redeemer. Click here for a free first chapter of these novels!
Jerusha co-authored the e-books A Ruby Christmas and A Dozen Apologies from Write Integrity Press, as well as the upcoming Valentine’s Day sequel, The Love Boat Bachelor. (Follow the saga at http://writeintegrity.blogspot.com/ for a chance to vote which heroine gets the bachelor!).
Visit Jerusha’s website at www.SDGwords.com. Follow Jerusha on Twitter @SDGwords and Facebook (Jerusha Agen – SDG Words).