I really don’t remember any terrific difficulties in writing Unspoken–the story came together nicely, and said what I wanted to say. I do remember wishing that I could get my entire message across through general or natural revelation–Sema could be a witness to agnostic Glee, her handler, but Sema couldn’t tell Glee about Jesus because the specifics of salvation are contained in special revelation, not general.
So I created Glee’s grandmother, a cheerful woman who runs a motel on the Gulf coast. Glee’s granny doesn’t preach, however, because she’s more into talking about animals and the reasons God created them.
I set the story in my home county because when you have to do a lot of other research for your story, it’s easier to fall back on a location you know. I live about a mile from lots of those motels on the beach, so it was a simple matter to set the story in my own area.
I wanted a story where a woman comes to a knowledge of the Lord through the animal kingdom–and Glee does. Through Sema, she hears not only a testimony, but sees the living embodiment of the good news. And if I say much more, I will give away too many plot points.
Tomorrow: the editing