Resources: writing

What first sparked your interest in writing murder mysteries?

I like reading them—particularly the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. I love Sherlock Holmes. In fact, every chapter of Deception starts with a great quote from a Holmes story. It was fun matching those with the contents of particular chapters. Many people enjoy murder mysteries, so there’s potential for a wide audience.

As you continue to write fiction books, what is your greatest source of inspiration for your writing?

I seek to read and think and use my imagination, and improve my writing skills. I ask God for ideas and help, and I sense Him answering those prayers. Whether we build or draw or fix things or make a home for our families, God wants us to yield our gifts to Him, and depend on Him for the next step, even the next breath. I don't always succeed, but that's what I seek to do in my writing.

What inspired you to write The Chasm?

While The Chasm is unique, those who have read Edge of Eternity will see that I extracted and then rewrote as a standalone some chapters in the middle of that earlier novel. Since I first wrote Edge of Eternity in 1999, I’ve wanted to do this. I believe God can use it as an imaginative way of conveying the gospel to people who need to envision the old story in a fresh way.