What were you doing exactly ten years ago?
Maybe it's hard to remember. Or maybe a big life event stands out in your memory so you know exactly where you were and what you were doing.
I know where I was ten years ago. I was publishing my very first novel.
Authors talk about that magical moment when they hold their paperback for the first time. The feel of the pages. Seeing your name in print on the cover.
It was a memorable moment, but not quite as simple as you might expect.
I felt excited to have a book out and thankful that it was complete. But even more so, I felt emotionally, spiritually, and mentally exhausted.
Writing The Beloved Daughter was one of the hardest spiritual challenges I've ever faced.
I guess that's what happens when you write a full-length novel about a young woman being persecuted for her faith in a nation like North Korea ...
Over the years, the very best compliment I receive about this book is when readers tell me how The Beloved Daughter inspired them to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the globe.
There truly is no greater joy for me as a Christian author than to know this novel has touched so many thousands of readers in this way.
My life has never been the same since I published this novel.
Writing The Beloved Daughter took every ounce of my physical energy and emotional stamina. I ended each day feeling completely exhausted and spent. Thankfully, I had a prayer covering of friends from church who knew about the intense spiritual subject and had agreed to intercede for me.
To this day, I still believe you can feel the prayers (as well as the spiritual intensity) that went into the writing of this book when you read it.
Inspire your soul today!