One year at Lent, I set myself the task of finding an answer to the question, "How could Hannah ever give up Samuel to the Lord at the age of three?" I thought it was a sacrifice, but serious study and meditation made it clear to me that it was something very different. That study became a book, and the experience propelled me into writing seriously.
When my pastor invited me to write meditations for the church e-mail newsletter, I began to find my voice as a writer. I discovered that my life was changing as I learned more about God through the Bible study that was essential to my writing. I began to feel that God was leading me to a real career. As people confirmed that impression by sharing with me that what I wrote nourished their faith, I committed myself to find a publisher.
I mostly write Christian fiction and meditations/studies of Biblical texts. My interest in Christian story-telling has grown alongside my writing, because Biblical stories are dense and deep, and I love both telling and writing what I learn as I study. My novel Shiloh's Daughter explores a biblical story in a way that probes the density of the story, expands its detail, but stays true to the core of the life of Hannah as revealed in the Bible. This is what I commit to do with everything I write.