Spreading the gospel in a way readers can easily connect to and engage with.
I am, first and foremost, a sinner save through God’s grace. Because of this, I strive to always point people to Him, in the hopes that they too can experience salvation.
I have a soft heart for the broken—the misunderstood, the poor, the lonely, the hurting. It’s no big surprise that I landed in the field of social work, where I get to daily come alongside these people to lift their spirts and provide them with hope. I take a similar approach with my books—this is why you will read about darkness, brokenness, and seemingly hopeless situations in my books. And while these books are works of fiction, the situations the characters find themselves in are real. I choose topics that others want to avoid—such as sexual assault, teenage pregnancy, abortion, self-harm and suicide, and domestic violence to show people that even though God leads us into valleys, He will never leave us there if we trust in him to guide us. His word promises that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23). But the journey is still hard! It hurts. In the end, I want people to know that the Lord is good. His perfect plans sometimes bring pain—but in the end, He is triumphant, and if we trust in him for salvation by believing in Jesus’s death and resurrection, accepting his free gift of forgiveness—we will be triumphant too.
While it has been a dream of mine since I was very young to publish, I realize now that my dreams are small compared to what the Lord has in store. Writing, publishing, and promoting has been an exhausting journey, and a scary one at times. Often I will wonder if I made the right choice in pursuing this dream. But at just the right time, a reader will reach out to me and share how a story changed them. A reader whom I don’t recognize will stop me in public and tell me not to stop.
So I won’t. Not while the Lord is still laying stories on my heart. I will continue to walk—through the valleys and dark places—remembering that in the end, the Lord and his followers are triumphant.