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Digging Deep to Connect With Readers

I’m kind of a fearful person. I am scared of heights, public speaking, and tornados, but I am TERRIFIED of snakes. The bad news—I live in Texas. The good news—after living here for eight years, I haven’t seen a live one, thank you Jesus! Living here has taught me to trust the Lord with my fears.

Overcoming my fears in writing has also been a challenge. Dipping my toes in the waters of contests and queries helped me to toughen my skin when it came to putting my work out there. Receiving positive and negative comments from judges helped with fear of what people might think of my work. But the fear I least expected to have to wrestle with was fear of revealing myself.

When I set out to write the story of an Egyptian slave girl who