What’s important to me?
My personal belief in, committment to and relationship with Jesus Christ is central to my life and that means it affects both what and how I write. I write secular fiction, and do not use my writing to ‘preach’ or to impose my beliefs on anyone else, but you won’t find either explicit sex or strong language in any of my writing, and although in Turn of the Tide – a novel dealing with the issue of living within conflict – there is some necessary violence, it is a very small proportion of the book (1 1/2 pages out of c 400). Once past the first chapter the worst is over!! Graphic, yes. Gratuitous, no. (If you want to see whether you agree, read the sample here.)
I am a daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Do any of my family feature in my writing? Well perhaps some of their character traits pop up now and again – or so they claim – maybe even some of mine (the best ones of course…) but in both cases it’s more likely to occur in short stories than in my novels.
Fun shouldn’t be the prerogative of the young. I’m a board game addict and our best family times are when we get together to play games, with the obligatory chocolate (my personal favourites are chocolate mint and chocolate ginger) and snacks! I’m also still not averse to the occasional water fight and refuse to part with the ‘super-soakers’ in my attic. All we need is some hot weather…
More seriously, for me writing is an important part of my life. I feel a responsibility to use my God-given talent wisely and privileged that my writing gives pleasure to others. I hope to be able to continue doing so for many years to come.