What do you read? Consistently read the Bible, daily papers, the New Yorker, especially stories re: human trafficking, children and poverty and immigration issues. I work with the Salvation Army in York, PA, which is directly involved in resolving such issues. In fiction, just finished reading two books by friends: Susan Breen's The Fiction Class and Richard Cleary's Bridging the Abyss. I'm currently reading a few Christmas gifts: Allen Eskens' The Life We Bury, James Lee Burke's Wayfaring Stranger and Isabel Allende's The Japanese Lover.
Why do you write? Joan Didion once said, "When read aloud, the question, why I write, answers itself: I, I, I..." Writing is part of my identity. It is my calling, and in its process, a form of sacramental worship. I love to share wonderful stories with others, and keep readers/listeners spellbound in the telling.
Fun writing factoid (not technically a question, I know): What a pleasure and privilege to meet other
terrific writers along the way, including those who have endorsed my work: Mary Pipher, Tony Campolo, Patricia Hickman, and Alma (Mrs. Colin) Powell, to name a few.
One more thing: You are probably already reading Lisa Lawmaster Hess's work. Invite her to speak to your group. Funny, smart, passionate lady! (Thanks, Michele!)