My eight-year-old daughter loves to read, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The fact that she’ll read a wide variety of books–from science fiction to classics–is even better. She also enjoys it when my husband and I read to her. Currently, she and I are reading the second Harry Potter book together, while she and her daddy are reading “Redwall” by Brian Jacques.
Not only does she enjoy reading, but she loves to write stories of her own, too.
As I watch her choose different books, I wonder which stories will stick with her for the rest of her life, and possibly even inspire future stories of her own.
My Own Inspirations
While I was not necessarily such a prolific reader when I was that age (my mom would attest to the fact that I often shied away from authors that were new to me and tended to stick to books written by Beverly Cleary and later The Three Investigators series by M. V. Carey.
As I got older, my mom introduced me to Janette Oke, and I quickly became a fan of the romance genre. We frequented the library, and I read everything I could get by Janette. However, I quickly discovered that finding clean romance books with a decent story was not all that easy to come by.
From Science Fiction to Romance
As a teenager, I was writing science fiction, determined to finish the first book in a trilogy while secretly hoping to write an episode for the latest Star Trek series. Writing romance had never even dawned on me as a possibility. But when I got tired of trying to find clean romance, much less inspirational romance, books to read, it became clear we needed more authors to write them.
It was only then that I began to consider becoming one of those authors. Could I really write romance novels?
Making the Right Decision
It wasn’t easy to switch gears from science fiction to inspirational romance, and it took several years to finish my first romance novel. But once it was published, I never looked back. It’s funny because, when I first started writing romance, I wasn’t even married. I had no idea I’d later have a little girl who read everything she could get her hands on.
I can honestly say that I love writing books that I wouldn’t hesitate to hand over to my daughter to read in a few years.
Is there a book you read as a child that inspired you? Or did you discover a love for reading later in life? Comment below, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a digital copy of any one of my books. The winner will be chosen randomly Monday, September 9th, and contacted by e-mail. I look forward to reading your responses!
My Last Inspy Romance Post
Writing inspirational romance has been an amazing experience that I don’t intend to ever walk away from. It hasn’t just been about writing and publishing books, it’s been about discovering an amazing community–one made up of readers and writers that encourage each other.
It’s been a blessing to be a part of Inspy Romance. Unfortunately, this will be my last post–at least for a while. I’ve written in the past about our son and his struggles with severe autism and epilepsy. I need to focus most of my energy on him and the rest of our family right now as we continue to pray that God will ease his seizures and the difficulties he’s facing.
It is my hope that I will be able to come back to Inspy Romance again one day. Meanwhile, I’d love to stay in touch with all of you. If you haven’t yet signed up for my newsletter, please consider doing so here.
God bless, my friends, and keep on reading!