I had a one-sided agreement with God: no inspiration or romance. So, I wrote a murder mystery and submitted it to several agents and publishers. A few responded. None favorably. I would have kept pursuing publication of that novel, but when I relocated from Kansas to Illinois, God also caused a shift in my plans.
During the relocation process, I received an anonymous, racially-tinged death threat through the mail. I thought this type of thing only happened to the Martin Luther Kings, the Rosa Parks, and other chosen people who faced discrimination and death with strength and bravery. But here’s the thing: God promises where we are weak, He is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11) God showed himself in amazing ways as my family and I lived through that experience.
After the F.B.I. solved the case, I attended a women’s conference and saw magazines displayed on a table. I scanned one and decided that I had to tell somebody just how good God was. “The Day I Received the Death Threat” was accepted for publication in Today’s Christian Woman magazine. That’s when I began thinking that God had another plan for my life. Sure enough, I began writing inspirational stories. And I remained determined to never write a romance novel ...
(You know how this story ends, don’t you?)
Fast-forward a few years. My two brothers died sixteen months apart with my mother sandwiched between them. I also had an emergency colostomy and reversal. One of my writing group members suggested I take a break from my life by writing …
Yes! You guessed it. Romance!
Joanna McGee Bradford, Author and Speaker
I wrote a story as a diversion but didn’t have any plans for it. I just wanted to get on with living my miserable life.
(Hey, that’s where I was then. I’m just being real.)
Then, another writer encouraged me to send it to Moody Publishers. Thinking I’d at least get her to shut up, I submitted it. My novel, “The Father’s Voice,” was published by Moody Publishers. After that, I knew that my stories and experiences would be written to glorify Him.
Each time I’m blessed to share a story or experience, I’m amazed that He would use me to honor Him.
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