It isn’t always easy to be transparent. Even for an extreme extravert like me.
Yesterday afternoon, I got an email from the senior acquisitions editor at my publisher’s. She had been looking over the back matter for my next release (A Promise Kept) and expressed a desire for me to change the brief note to readers that I’d turned in with the manuscript earlier this year. She wanted me to tell my “story behind the story.” I told her I would give it a try.
This is harder than it may sound. My story involves another. Telling my story behind this story includes telling someone else’s story too. In this case, it means talking about my marriage which means talking about my husband. God has blessed me. Jerry is so supportive about my writing and the ministry the Lord has called me to, and he has given me his blessing to be candid.
When a writer dips heavily into her personal experiences for the fiction she writes, people want to know more. So I imagine this will be only the first time in the coming months that I will be writing or sharing this story in a public fashion. I am willing to do it because I’m so grateful for all that God has done in my life. If I can provide hope or comfort or encouragement to another by telling my story behind the story, then I want to do so.
Some years ago, when I was leading a women’s retreat in Colorado, a woman came up to me and thanked me for being so transparent. I remember thinking, what good would a retreat speaker be if she wasn’t transparent? I still feel that way.
A Promise Kept, as the blurb says, is my thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways. May His name be ever praised.