Good Morning Readers,
Diane E. Tatum is the published author of Gold Earrings.
She is my featured author this week. Enjoy.
God has called me to be a light on a hill in a dark world. This calling is behind my fascination (some would say obsession) with lighthouses. As a teacher, I was often the only light in a middle schooler’s world. Relationship with those students was always about being light and, hopefully, showing Christ in that light.
Having retired from the classroom, I feel God has called me to accomplish my childhood dreams of being a writer. Embracing that call, however, feels like I’m setting myself up for failure. Am I good enough for traditional publishing? Am I wearing a mask of being a writer? Is writing historical Christian romance really a calling? The romance genre can feel inconsequential in a world filled with terror and with need for Christ. It’s an escape for women, at best, and called emotional porn at its worst. There are ungodly romances on the shelves at Wal-Mart!
God has called me to be a light in a dark world. His call leads me to be an author who portrays God’s Love to the world through historical Christian relationships. The world does not comprehend the Christian lifestyle or romantic relationship within a Christian worldview. Relationships in this post-modern world are typically unpure – sexually, emotionally, and physically – because they are not centered around Christ.
Accepting the challenge to write and to succeed in writing requires dying to self so that Christ’s power can work through me to accomplish what HE wants. Ephesians 3:20 states “With God’s power working in us, God can do much more than we can ask or imagine.”(CEV)
God has called me to be light! He has called me to use my imagination and my abilities to bring forth a world where Christians relate to one another in a Christ-like way. To do this, I must set aside my twin fears of failure and rejection. To do this, I must believe that Christ will work to put OUR writings in front of those He wishes to reach with OUR imaginings.
In other words, be a lighthouse that God uses to steer others away from the rocks and into the narrow channel that leads to Him and, therefore, to life.
What has God called you to do?
Diane E. Tatum
Link to Gold Earrings on Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/6ehu4ea
Book Trailer for Gold Earrings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZEJbWXedh8&feature=plcp&context=C3ca5a7eUDOEgsToPDskJKomixNuChvyQ-xJM14Dkq
Diane Tatum grew up in St. Louis, MO. She started writing her own stories in elementary school. While in high school, Diane E. Tatum wrote the short story that grew into her novel, Gold Earrings. College brought a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration and later a Masters in Teaching Language Arts. Between degrees, she stayed home raising her boys and began writing again. She started freelance writing for magazines and church Sunday school curriculum for LifeWay and David C. Cook.
After teaching middle school language arts for eleven years in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Diane “retired” in 2009 with her husband’s encouragement, to write the books that she had been starting and saving on her computer. Gold Earrings was published in 2011. She has currently completed her second novel, A Time to Choose. She also writes for Yahoo!ContributorNetwork and Suite101.com. Diane and her husband, Ken, live in Tullahoma, Tennessee.