It’s been a bit since I posted last, but I’ve been crazy busy getting Sophia’s War (Books 1 and 2) ready for publication! I’m so excited! I know I had said I expected to have them available to you all at the end of June/early July, but I’ve had a couple of things come up that have put my publication date off by a bit. But that’s okay! I want it to be done right, and I want it to be as close to perfect as possible before it’s in your hands! So I can wait a little bit longer…can you? 😀
I opted to buy my own ISBN through CreateSpace so that I could put my own imprint on it. I decided to name my own private “publishing company” BabyBee Publishing! When I was a little girl, my mom gave me the nickname “BeeCee”. That soon evolved (or rather, was shortened) into “Bee”. Once my daughter was born, one of her many nicknames that I’ve given her is “Baby Bee”, so I have kind of an emotional attachment to the nickname “Bee”. Real bees? I hate them. I have been stung enough to be very fearful of them. But it’s still cute, right?
So, now I want to address something that’s been on my mind. Most of you know my writing philosophy/philosophies. First and foremost, I just want to say that I am a Christian. God is and (better) always will be the most important person in my life. I always tell people that the ideas I get are God-given–that they are not something that just pop into my head at random. But I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. I do not consider myself an author of Christian novels, necessarily. I have a few novels that mention God and Jesus frequently and have a very thick Christian lesson in them. A Captive Heart (sort of published) and His Strength is Made Perfect (not published yet) among others are novels I’ve written where they could potentially be considered Christian novels. However, some of the ideas I’ve gotten don’t necessarily mention God as often, and may not even be considered “Christian” necessarily. I used to feel guilty for this; there have been ideas I’ve gotten where I’ve thought to myself, “This isn’t Christian enough.” Altering it a little here and a little there, I always came to discover that it severely changed the tone of the story, and not always for the best. I’ve begun taking my ideas as they come, and just trusting that God will use them as He will. I know the idea might put some of you off a little, but let me say this: my favorite person in the bible is Esther. Scholars and Theologians have debated for centuries on whether to omit her book in the Bible or not, simply because God is never mentioned once. However, if you read it, you soon discover that the entire tapestry of Esther’s life is woven with God’s thread. God is in that book; it doesn’t matter whether He is mentioned in it or not, it is still His story. I tell everyone I meet that I “Write about life as it is, but also as it should be.” I do not and will not shy away from the scary things in life; the very things that can shake a person’s faith and attack their foundations. Life is not about perfect people who always have strength and never fall; who never have to say they’re sorry, who never have regrets. We all have weaknesses and struggle with failures, shame…we don’t always turn to Jesus as we should. I feel a responsibility to show you how bad things can get so you will understand how great our Savior is. My characters are going to sin. That’s just the way it is, because that’s how life is. But there will be justice. And where there isn’t justice, there will be repentance. And where there is neither, there will be forgiveness. There is always going to be some kind of biblical concept to redeem my characters, because to me, when you come to Jesus, there is no more darkness. So my hope is that, if someone who doesn’t know Jesus reads my work and find themselves relating to a character, and feels the justice, repentance and/or forgiveness my character finds, it will make them yearn to discover it themselves. In Christ. Because even though my characters aren’t real (well, maybe to you 😉 ), Jesus is.
What an awesome God we serve!!!! I am in awe everyday!!! I write every day, knowing the well of my ability could dry up one day, and I am going to get everything out of it that I can to God’s glory! Thank you, Lord!
Don’t forget to check out the preview to Sophia’s War: The End of Innocence (Book 1)! You can read it here:
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“When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” –Matthew 19: 25-26 (ESV)