How did you get the idea for Words? Why write about something so personal?

The idea for Words developed slowly over several years. I began having thoughts about a little girl. I didn’t know who she was or why I was thinking about her. But the thoughts became so consuming that I felt like this child was following me around. One day, I finally stopped and asked God who she was and why I was thinking about her. I was beginning to feel a little crazy. But God slowly answered my question and I discovered she was a victim of childhood abuse and would become a character in my first novel.

Honestly, I didn’t think that was a novel I wanted to write. The subject was painful and it wasn’t something I looked forward to revisiting. But God did a work in my heart and I was able to release those fears to Him. Eventually, writing Words gave purpose to my own pain—it became a redemptive act—a process of seeing God cause all things to work together for good in my life because I love Him and am called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

After readers finish this novel what do you want them to remember—walk away feeling?

Two things: I want them to know that the truth will set them free. Not their truth, but the truth, Jesus Christ. I also want them to know that God is a God of love, mercy, and grace. He loves us deeply and He will redeem the pain of our circumstances when we walk with Him.

Did you come up with this title? If not what was your working title?

Words was my original working title. The first line of the book is: “I collect words.” That line rattled around in my mind for months before I sat down to write. When I finally began writing the novel, the name came from that first sentence and just stuck.

What inspires you to write? What inspires you when you are in the writing process?

Typically, I’m inspired by something God has done in my own life or a lesson He’s teaching me. I often feel so overwhelmed by God’s goodness that I feel like I’ll burst if I don’t share His goodness with others.

By sharing those experiences or lessons through the medium of story, I believe others may be more easily able to apply the lessons to their own lives.

Hi, Ginny, I wanted to ask you one of your discussion questions in the back of the book. You mentioned in the note to readers that your character Kaylee is you and that you experienced a similar situation. Question: As with Kaylee, victims of childhood sexual abuse often lose their “voice”. What types of circumstances silence you? How do you gain the courage to speak up when you’d rather remain quite?


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Comment by Nora St.Laurent on February 7, 2011 at 8:42am
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