I’m one of those people who began handwriting stories when I was around ten. By that time, I couldn’t see well enough anymore to read what I’d written, so I hounded friends and family to read my stories to me. Repeatedly.
Fortunately for myself, and for those around me, I learned to type and write with braille when I was eleven.
I wrote fast and furious through high school and had a handful of stories and a couple poems published in magazines. I dreamed of writing a book one day.
Then for more than thirty years, I wrote very little. I put it off with college, work, and raising a family. I told myself I’d write again when I retired.
Seven years ago, I had to stop working due to health. This was a fight with depression for me. I’d always thought of myself as a busy, productive person. As someone with a disability, working helped give me a sense of being capable and useful.
Then God reminded me that if I didn’t use this time to write, I’d just be silly.
Great idea. I used to write, I even had things published. This should be easy.
I had a surprise coming.
I joined American Christian Fiction Writers and quickly got involved with the Scribes critique group. This was a huge step for me. Gentle writers critiqued my work, and I discovered I had much to learn.
I’ve taken classes, read books about the craft of writing, and continued to participate in critique groups. I’ve had magazine articles published and started editing for others.
What a gift God has given me, to give me an assurance of being productive again.
And another gift, I realize I’ll always still have a lot to learn.
Now God has fulfilled my long-ago dream. Mantle Rock Publishing will release my first book, ALL MY TEARS, in April.
I pray that the God who has so blessed me will use my writing to comfort and encourage readers and bring glory to Himself.
A note from Kathy Cretsinger.
I wanted to show Kathy McKinsey’s book cover. Her book will release April 2, 2019. The ebook pre-order will be up on Amazon soon. This is a great book.