I grew up in a big house in a small town, Ringwood, Illinois, northwest of Chicago in what was then dairy farming country. There were eleven of us kids before it was over. I was frightened of cats until age 21, when I started out with a brand new kitten. (That piece of information is irrelevant and insignificant; I just wanted to work in the childhood picture above, of me with my mother and big sister, and some cat.) After four years at Jubilee Partners “living in community, sharing with refugees, working for peace,” I have settled a mile away in the little town of Comer GA.
In the intervening years, I have lived in Iowa, Chicago, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and South Carolina. Those were great adventures, moving around as a clergy wife, with the joys and challenges of that role. Mostly joys. Mothering two daughters was, (and is) a joy, and when they were up and running pretty well, I embarked upon my career serving people with special needs.
The church has always been central to my life. Through all my stages and ages, I have continued to find it a nurturing and enriching place, even essential for me, despite its many warts and blemishes. Clearly, my trilogy of church fiction, Sunday by Sunday, grew out of faith and community.
Fiction writing typically is filled with agony and ecstasy, to be overly dramatic. I certainly claim that description. Of course, it is great to have written, and I recall fondly the process of producing the three books over a nine year period. Sunday by Sunday is based solidly in the liturgical year and the appointed weekly Bible readings of the Revised Common Lectionary. That format was both confining and stimulating
My new novel, BEYOND THE GATE, is a literary novel very different from S by S. I loved composing it over the last several years, in that agony and ecstasy way. I went far down the path of querying and submitting to arrive at self-publishing. My blog postings describe in detail that journey, why and how it’s been a good one. I eagerly anticipate distributing BTG to my readers as closure to my author life.
Even in this challenging world, I am confident and grateful, living in Christ’s amazing grace, that all will be well. In every circumstance, I try to live by these words from 2 Timothy: For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and love and self-discipline.