|Two years ago, my family and I moved from a secluded home to a crowded neighborhood with about forty homes. I began to live the story I was writingóI accepted an invitation to a cocktail party, something I would not have done ten years ago. I went to the party and drank a Diet Coke, but I knew I should meet my neighbors and be friendly instead of hiding behind a list of things I regularly do and donít do. I donít have to lower my personal standards. Sometimes I think we get caught up in exhibiting religious behavior when we ought to be listening to the voice of God. We need to get into the habit of listening every day.
I also drew on my background as a pastorís wife to write The Debt. My husband and I have been involved in two different mega-churches, so I have a pretty good idea of how things operate.
How long did it take you to write The Debt?
About three months.
Do you have plans for a sequel?
No. Most of the time my books come full circle by the time the story is complete.
Of all the characters youíve created, who is your favorite, and why?
ďChrisĒ from The Debt. He represents Jesus and like Jesus, he was unconventional and delighted in rocking the boat to wake up his sleeping disciples.
What message would you like your readers to take from this book?
I think the Spirit uses the story to say different things to different people. Some people Iíve heard from feel moved to volunteer for inner city-type missions; others are feeling moved to reach out more to their circle of soccer moms. Christ calls each of us where we are. Wherever He places us, thatís where weíll find the work he wants us to do.
Your new book is going to be about a gorilla? What inspired this topic?
I have had this idea rolling around in my head for years. Did you ever read about Koko, the gorilla who speaks via American Sign Language? My story idea grew from learning about her. I am currently knee deep in research about gorillasóitís good that I like detailed research!
You also have a new book due to be out in June!
Yes,The Awakening. Itís a modern parable, a bit different, and Iím excited about it. But at the moment, Iím a bit focused on my gorillas.