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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8 X 5 1/4 X 3/4 (inches)
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Patricia H. Sprinkle is a freelance writer whose nonfiction books include the companion to this volume, Children Who Do Too Little. She is also a best-selling mystery writer and an active member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and womens conferences and lives in Miami with her husband. They have two grown children.
Located in: Smyrna, GA
Submitted: September 30, 2002
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a voracious mystery reader, and wrote my first mystery after my new husband challenged me, "Write a mystery to pay for the ones you keep buying." That was eleven mysteries ago, and I'm currently working on my twelfth. At one point in my life, Christian friends blocked my writing by arguing that I ought to write "inspirational" things. I tried that, until I developed Patricia Sprinkle's theology of mystery writing: 1) God is a mystery, clothed in mystery. (2) Mysteries of the kind I write are one of the few moral forms of literature left; in them, good always ultimately wins and evil is uncovered. (3)God created me with a mind that keeps figuring out how to kill people, and writing mysteries is a safer way to use that mind than some I could name.
What was your motivation behind this project? This is, secretly, a story about the spiritual gift of knowledge--knowing things about people when we don't know how or why we know them. It is also about a woman who believes a Christian has a right to get involved when people are in trouble. Of course, in MacLaren Yarbrough's case, she almost gets so involved she gets herself killed.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Chuckles, a good puzzle, a sense that God gives us gifts to be used for the common good. Mostly a good read and a hunger to read the other books in this series (now being published by Signet.)
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Perhaps the greatest two influences for my mystery writing have been Dorothy Sayers and G.K. Chesterton. Both wrote as Christians, but wrote myteries the general reader could enjoy. Their books are puzzles, reflecting the fact that the greatest mystery in the universe is God.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: When I first started writing mysteries, I wanted to write the kind of books that, when I begin one, I am wagering the reader s/he cannot figure out "whodunit" and the reader who picks up the book is wagering me s/he can. I also promised I would never write a book I could not give my then- 14-year old niece to read. My books have little sex or violence in them, but I think the plots will hold your attention without that.