March 2021 Featured Article

I have a habit of always looking for the next big thing.

Next book.

Next marketing project.

Next story to tell.

Big is a relative term, of course.

I forget to stop and appreciate all that I have, here and now.

If you’ve read some of my past articles, you know I have a problem with patience…especially if I don’t know what I’m waiting for.

Remember how Moses wandered in the wilderness for forty years? Yeah, I’m not comparing myself to Moses, but I’m saying I get his frustration.

Sometimes, instead of looking up toward God, I’m looking down at my feet, curious where they’ll lead me next.

I decided to confront this issue head on in my fourth book for the Independence Islands series. It’s said that an author’s life shows up in their work, and the goal is not for their life to be recognized but for their experiences to be relatable and help the reader experience the full potential of the story. To write for God and let Him work through the pages as only He can. And boy is He working on me as I write this book.

Cooper is finally getting his story! For those who don’t know, Cooper first showed up in Mishaps off the Mainland as Mel’s brother.  

To set up the plot, I took both sides of the content/discontent issue and gave two characters extremely opposite points of view.

Cooper is content to the point he wants nothing. Absolutely nothing. But is being content with everything really a good thing? What if you’re so content you stop wanting more of God?

Bree is the total opposite. She never stops moving, searching for something she can’t name and never finds. She has no idea what she truly needs, only that it always seems just out of reach and perhaps she’ll find it on the distant shore.

They will have to find a balance, each of them changing and growing.

It has done my faith good to be stretched in this way.

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