Writing, for me, is a great way to do many things without really doing anything. I started out life wanting to be a teacher, (and in between a bunch of other things, like an architect and a veterinarian and, for a brief time, a nun) then an actress, then a theatre director (when I was never cast in the parts I wanted.) Theatre was my life, as they say; I thought it was my calling. I studied English and Drama at Vassar College and went on to be accepted in the Theatre Directing MFA program at Columbia University where I discovered that the New York theatre world was not for me.
I worked in Germany for the US Army has an Entertainment Director, fell in love, got married, and moved to Pennsylvania, to the small town of Chambersburg, which had more cows than people at the time. I met a woman who wrote romance novels for a living, and I thought that sounded like a fun job. I loved the idea of great romantic adventures, but would rather write about them than actually go on any.
So I set to work on romance/adventure novel. That novel turned into a twenty year project. By then I knew I was never going to make it in the romance industry. But it was through writing that book, along with a bunch of other experiences, that I found myself returning to the God I had known so intimately in my youth, but had lost somewhere along the way. Perhaps He had to get me to that desolate place to get my attention, to turn my heart toward Him once more.
If I were to describe my writing genre, it would be “Apocalyptic Biblical Fiction.” God is at the heart of everything I write, though my desire is to reach beyond the faith-based audience to those who struggle with faith in the world that dismisses God as irrelevant or unnecessary. I went from writing about earthly battles to writing about spiritual battles, because our real battles are not fought against flesh and blood enemies, but against the “rulers, the powers, the world forces of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12)
In addition to Forlorn and Forsaken, I had the unique, God-ordained privilege of co-authoring the bestselling The Prince Warriors series with Priscilla Shirer. I owe a great debt to her and to LifeWay for giving me that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.