My love of words began during daily sessions of crossword puzzles with my dad. My passion for writing grew to include poetry in high school, and further still during college.
I wrote my first manuscript the summer I graduated high school. I still have that manuscript, which was typed using a manual typewriter. No personal computers back in 1981 as we have now. Sometimes I miss the loud clicking of the keys as the letters hit the paper and getting ink on my fingers from changing the ribbon. And I can’t forget the ding, always letting me know when it’s time to do a cartridge return. Hah…some of you young ones are probably scratching your heads asking, “What’s a cartridge return and why is the typewriter dinging?”
My fascination with late eighteenth through early nineteenth century historical fiction was sparked when I first saw the music video “Stand and Deliver” by Adam and the Ants. I think I was around eighteen at the time. It was shortly thereafter that I bought my first historical fiction romance, A Rose in Winter, authored by the late Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. It remains my all-time favorite novel of any genre to this day.
As of this writing, I have published a Christian Regency titled, Saving Alessandra, and three inspirational children’s books: Child of Mine, Child of God, and Lamb of God. I have several other works started, but my focus keeps shifting as I get deeper into my faith. I put two sequels to Saving Alessandra on the back burner for the time being. I have started new work instead, including a book of inspirational poetry and essays, and a fourth children’s book. It’s funny how life constantly changes, but more so, how the heart changes when we let Jesus in. My words have more meaning these days as I want them to exhibit how God has worked in my life. It is no longer about obtaining followers on Twitter or increasing fans of my writing, but rather, am I sending out the Gospel to those who need to hear it? Do my words encompass a passion for Christ? If they do, is it with the same passion Christ demonstrated when He freely chose to die on the cross for me?
Yes, I may have started a writing career to make money. But I have been through so much the past few years, especially in 2017, that I have re-evaluated my priorities. Becoming rich from writing is no longer important. And let’s face it, it’s not many Indie authors who accomplish that feat. However, what I am rich in is the love of God, His faithfulness, His protection, and His provision. I AM HIS…me. A lowly sinner. I AM A CHILD OF GOD. And with a new depth of faith, my focus has dramatically shifted. My books are donated to missionaries around the world. Not because I want recognition. But for others to learn who Christ is, what He has done, and what He will do.
My next project? A mission trip to Senegal. A huge step since I was always the one saying, “Me…missions? No, not me. You’re kidding, right?” My answer now? “Why not me? After all that God has done for me. How could I not do what God is calling me to do?” Shame on me if I were to never tell people of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He has saved me. I want others to be saved, too.
Love and Blessings!
Christine Maria Jahn