Like most writers, I've had a lifelong love affair with novels and language. Whether I'm reading or writing, I especially love digging deep into characters and storylines that ask questions without easy answers. I suppose that’s why I’ve always been drawn to the stories in the Bible.

 The story of Joseph and the coat of many colors, for example, asks all kinds of questions.  What do we have left when in one fleeting act of cruelty we’re stripped of everything we thought belonged to us? How do we treat brothers who wrong us?

Of course proverbs, epistles and other teachings, answer these kinds of questions all the way through the Bible, but what sticks with me is this: Joseph throwing a feast for his brothers and turning his back so they won’t see him cry.

Characters in motion show what we can become, even if we start off broken, and what the possibilities are, even when it looks like there are no possibilities left.

When I write, I hope to entertain. And while I don’t write to preach, in the end, I hope my novels address some of those intriguing questions in a way an essay never could.