Art begins in a wound, an imperfection—a wound inherent in the nature of life itself—and is an attempt either to learn to live with the wound or to heal it. It is the pain of the wound which impels the artist to do his work, and it is the universality of woundedness in the human condition which makes the work of art significant as medicine or distraction.
Since wounds or tragedies are common maladies, the medicine or distraction that aids the author is often helpful to humanity as a whole. Sharing a sense of hope or providing a needed distraction is nourishing for the soul. Since I care about the heartaches of others, I want to write about the hope that I found in life. I want to encourage people to find the will to overcome their heartaches and desperate circumstances through a relationship with God.
When life is difficult, people often quit, ignoring the fact that the choices they make have consequences. Since overcoming obstacles takes a tremendous amount of effort, people become tired and lack the energy or motivation to succeed. I hope to provide them with models of inspiration who, despite challenging circumstances, kept persevering in the face of constant adversity.
When people read my books, I want them to think about their lives and the choices that they make. Instead of merely accepting troublesome and tumultuous lives, I want readers to think about the courageous models in my books and discover ways to improve their lives. While we cannot exchange every evil in our lives for something good, we can pray for wisdom to change the circumstances within our sphere of control. I hope the characters in my books will display this delicate balance of determination to face daunting obstacles and quiet trust in God to comfort when the thorns of life cannot be removed.
Not only do I want to write to encourage and uplift, but I also want to write to distract people from their problems. Carrying a problem is like carrying a heavy load. There are times when it is best to set it down and take a moment to relax. This does not mean that people should not address their problems; it simply means that sometimes the best medicine is escape. After a period of calm and tranquility, it can be much easier to think clearly and rationally.
When mourning a loss, it can be comforting to enter another world and forget about the realities of the day. Deep heartache and pain can only be endured for limited times. Something other than alcohol, drugs, or some other vice needs to drown out the sorrow when pain is intense. Reading can be like morphine to the soul. It provides a temporary escape or departure and a way to blunt the sharp knife of tragic circumstances.
My greatest desire is that in some way my writing would introduce people to the great physician, Jesus Christ, who is able to heal their heartache far more effectively than any words that I can ever type. Despite my imperfections, I hope to be a tool that is used by God to comfort and encourage those who are hurting through the use of fictional stories. I want to provide them with models that rally them to their feet and cause them to fight to overcome their tragedies and sorrows. For those too broken to rally just yet, I hope to give them a story to ease their pain until they gain the strength to stand.