Hi. I’m Sally Bradley, new blogger here at Inspy Romance. I’m a recent debut author and thrilled to be joining this amazing group of writers and readers. Any place where it’s all about fiction and made-up people is okay with me. Right?
As a reader, nothing gives me more pleasure than to completely lose myself in a story, to immerse myself in characters who seem real and take me places I’ll never go, make me feel or experience things I’ll never know. As a writer, it’s pretty much the same.
What’s even better is when the reader and author connect. I love that, regardless of which one I am.
Over the years, I’ve been blessed by a handful of authors who ministered to me in some way. I remember reading a Terri Blackstock novel that ended with a note from her to the reader, a note reminding me that God had to be first in my life, even above her books. I needed that at the time, and her words convicted me. Motivated me to change.
Then there were Francine Rivers books through the nineties, books that gave me hope about my personal weaknesses, that showed that I could be bold despite being a quieter, reserved personality. Another novelist, Lawana Blackwell, replied to a letter I’d sent and we developed a bit of a friendship for a time.
Yes, we writers live in a fictional world, but the cool thing is that our fictional world can have an impact on our readers’ worlds. That’s something I take pretty seriously as a Christian writer. My personal goal is to entertain, keep you up into the wee hours of the morning (just kidding — not really), point you back to God, and make you think. I want my readers to be better off for the time spent with my characters.
Which takes us back to a new year. I don’t know where you fall on the resolution debate. I don’t typically make them, but the beginning of January naturally makes me look at where I’m personally weak. What areas spiritually do I need to work on? What areas in my writing do I need to improve? How am I going to get my rough draft written on time? And still read all the books I got for Christmas? While eating chocolate chip cookies and not gaining weight?
I’d love to hear from you, readers! What writer has made an impact on you? Who’s responded to you and you’ve found yourself better for it? And if you haven’t contacted an author, may I encourage you to do so? You’ll bless her, and odds are that she — or he –will bless you right back.