Everyone has a story – young and old, rich and poor. Some of the most amazing stories I’ve heard in my life are true stories. Somehow, true stories speak to people in ways that fiction can’t seem to touch. When you really get down to it, real life is an overwhelming flurry of plot twists and character development that, even during the most mundane of times, holds enough drama to keep us all interested.
I try to keep this in mind when I write, because it helps me create stories that are relatable. I want my fiction to provide a mental escape that still feels like a true story — that offers life-changing impact through relatability. I want readers to become part of the story, to feel like they know the characters personally and to walk away with something tangible when the story ends.
I want my readers to enjoy reading my work; that is the point, after all, right? I want to somehow be of service from behind my keyboard. That’s why I like to connect with my readers. I want to get to know them and be part of their stories in the epic saga that is real life.
But most of all, I want to exemplify the goodness of God in my work. I want people to feel His love through my words. If fiction can be a mission field, it is the one on which I’m called to serve.