Writing is a ministry for me. Poise my hands over the keyboard and type. Spend hours thinking about the characters and plot. What will challenge readers? What will make for a page-turning, entertaining novel? What will readers connect with?
Usually, there’s something I learn as I write each novel. I don’t
always know ahead of time what that will be, but God never fails to teach me as I write in obedience.
Then I hit send on the manuscript, my editors help me whip it into shape and eventually it reaches readers. Sometimes I have no worries — like A Promise Forged. What’s not to like? A young heroine gets to play professional baseball during
World War Two. The hero is a rougher character at the beginning, but both grow as the book progresses. And it’s just plain fun.
Then there are other books like A Promise Kept, which contain a
huge piece of my heart. Because that one has a small subplot dealing with miscarriage, I felt like I poured my heart out on the page, and then waited with bated breath to see how readers reacted. It was nerve-wrecking and it didn’t help that I miscarried again in the weeks after it released.
Last week I received a batch of reader letters from my editor at Heartsong Presents. I love getting reader mail. Seeing what worked for readers and what might not have connected.
This time a special letter from one reader was included. She poured her heart out on the page, ministering to me with her experience after miscarriage and her road to healing. God’s timing was so perfect since the due date of the baby we lost last summer was last week. I am so grateful for this woman risking her words on the page to reach out in love. And to God for His perfect timing.
So if you ever wonder if writing an author is well-received, know that it is. Writing is done in a cave. And unless you let us know how the writing is received, we have no idea. A book doesn’t really become a book, after all, until it is interacted with by readers.