Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Why I Do

Did you know I’m a writer? I mean besides this blog. LOL. I write romance. (Really! I do.)

I’ve sold two books. I’m not sure how many of each one has sold–neither one has been in danger of making me a best-selling author–but I know my kids all have one. And my sibs. (My kids haven’t read it. I’m not sure about all my sibs.)

Did you ever wonder why you do what you do? Sometimes I do.

I’m sure about one thing–I write because I’ve always loved reading. A lot. And when I’m not reading and my brain isn’t full of something else, I’m entertaining myself with a story I’ve made up.

I’m working on a different kind of book these days. I call it Christian Women’s Fiction. (Aka–inspirational romance) Kind of a change from what I wrote before. In it, private things are kept, well, private. And I can talk about where my mind goes in real life.

In times of joy or trouble, I rarely think about the physical. Mostly I’m hollering, “Help me, Jesus!” Or, “Thank you, Jesus.”

I found out early on, you can’t write that in a regular romance novel. It might insult some of the more religious readers. (I don’t get that one, since they are reading it, but ours is not to reason why . . . ) Or maybe it’ll insult the non-religious readers. (In My Opinion: They could use a little God in their stories.)

Right now, I’m taking a story I wrote last year, and using it to make a whole new story. A story where the people act like the people I know. Maybe they’re a little nicer than I am or have different opportunities, but I don’t read books to hear an echo of my life. I read to see how real people could live and truly love life.

And I want to write the stuff I like to read.

My characters aren’t Goody-Two-Shoes. They’re too boring, and I’m not sure I’d know what those characters are all about, anyway.

I’m trying to write about real people who live and love and learn what life can be like. And yes, there’s a spiritual aspect to it.

So that’s why I do what I do.

Now a request: I’d appreciate your prayers on my behalf. Not that I’ll get rich and famous, but that I’ll keep going if this is God’s will.

And if it’s not, would you ask him if He’d let me know?