BOOK GIVEAWAY! See bottom of page.
I write story. That’s what I do. Find a crisis from ordinary life and write about it. Divorce, illness, tragedy. Story picks up these raw ingredients and offers a recipe for healing.
I write with a dual purpose in mind: I aim for page-turners that will engage readers with the power of story because I want them to drink in my passion for God and find help through him. The God I know is not always predictable, not always comfortable. He is light and love and grace and mercy but is not formulaic.
I’ve been an author since I was five. Some of my early stories required the heroine to start having babies at age two. Could anyone be older than 20?
Not till my mid thirties did I allow my stories to be read, but then even my mother told me straight out to stick to music as a career.
I had to write, though, and it had to be fiction. Story is the great communicator, helping us try on life like a coat, to learn what works and what doesn’t.
One of the great influencers in my spiritual and writing life has been Eugene Peterson. He stretches me in multiple directions. After writing The Stones, my King David novel, I was looking for endorsers. Having just read Peterson’s book on David, I said, “Well, why not?” Mailed him my little packet. Didn’t hear, didn’t hear. But out of the blue I got a letter from him—with an endorsement! He had just completed writing The Message and finally had time to address the pile on his desk. He liked what he saw and sent good words that ended up on the back cover. Not long after that letter, I got a phone call from him! Totally blew me away! Couldn’t think of a thing to say, other than thank you thank you thank you. Very embarrassing conversation, and he quickly took his leave. He is a kind man, though, and I am beholden to him on many levels.
I think one of the most valuable reviews I ever got (other than Peterson’s) was a man who said, “I’m NOT a reader—hadn’t read a book for 6 years—but I stayed up till 1:30 AM, then got up at 6 to finish Dynamo.” Having three other men say essentially the same indicates that well-written fiction does have pull. And that’s my goal: engage readers with the power of story to communicate my passion for God.
See below for my book giveaway!
Why am I suited to write a story about extraordinary horses and an extraordinary God? I grew up loving horses, and God drew me to himself early on. I graduated Wheaton College and have been involved in church life on many levels. A major writing goal has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant through the power of story. My previous title with Whitaker House is The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David, my current one, Dynamo. Check out my website and my Amazon author page.
I am offering a free copy of Dynamo. Just leave a comment, along with your email address, and you’ll be included in next week’s drawing. Here’s a short excerpt from the book—a conversation between protagonist Jeth and his helper, Cecil, at one of the horse shows where Jeth would ride.
Jeth rejoiced when Rob stayed home and only Cecil came with him to shows. In the midst of the tension he and Rob were living under, the boy was a calming presence. He even breathed peace on the horses. He talked to each one, nose-to-nose, and fussed over them. Jeth watched. I used to do that. What happened? He locked his arm around Cecil’s neck. “Hey, lug—you’re good for me.”
“Ow! Lug yourself! Lemme go!” Cecil laughed and clawed at Jeth’s arm.
“I won’t let you go till you bless me. No, that won’t work. You bless me every day. What else can I get out of you?”
“I’ll sic my mama on you!”
“Oh, no!” Jeth tossed Cecil onto a pile of sawdust and rubbed a handful over the boy’s head. After a brief dust war, they both lay back and laughed joy into the core of their being.