Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 56

Oh my gosh! So tell us a little bit about your writing.

Kay: Well, I do writing in a lot of different areas. I have a lot of different things; everything from curriculum for children for Sunday School, to writing for special magazines and so forth, but, my heart is really in writing about these kinds of issues, that should really compel, we as Christians, to be active and working on behalf of those who are helpless and needy among us. So, that’s what my most important element is. But, I also do even fiction and other things like that. I am working on a fiction book right now. So, it is fun to do a lot of different types of writing at once. Then you don’t get tired of doing any one thing.

It keeps your mind busy, I’m sure.

Kay: Surely does and I think it keeps us young.

Absolutely, I am all for that.

Kay: Yeah.

So, while I am still talking to you, I know that you and Michelle have written a couple of books together, “Daughters of Hope” and “Forgotten Girls”.

Kay: Right.

How did you guys team up?

Kay: Well, you know, we first met at a writer’s conference and I did some editing for Michelle’s husband, but Michelle and I found that we had a heart for the same thing and we went to a missionary’s conference in, oh I can’t even remember the year, but we started talking and planning and thinking about possibilities and I already had a number of books out at that time. So, I went to my editors and proposed "Daughters of Hope", but you know, sadly they all said the same thing. They all said, “This is a great idea … and we’d love to see it, but it won’t sell. It won’t sell because … no one in this country cares about anything beyond our own shores.” We heard that again and again. I didn’t believe it. I argued that people don’t know and when they hear, if they are not given a way to help, they just feel guilty and more helpless than ever. While I was talking to one editor, a young editor stuck her head in and she said, “You speak for your own generation, that’s not true for us” and we have found that to be true, that the younger generations are more interested. InterVarsity Press was different, they also were not convinced that it would sell very well, but they said, “It is an important book and we are going to do it anyway.” And I just respected them so much because they looked beyond that dollar sign to what was really needed and I am pleased to say the book has sold very well.