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When I think about the books I've published, the manuscripts I'm working on now, and the stories I've written, I see a few common threads that show my passions more than just about anything else.
I am passionate about the cause of the oppressed. Whether its the political prisoners languishing away in North Korean labor camps or the Japanese-Americans shipped off to relocation centers during World War Two, the downtrodden and destitute are always popping up in my work.
I also find it interesting that my three published short stories, my novel, my kids book, my memoir, and my current work in progress all touch on issues of disability. I never planned it that way. One of the characters in my new kids series has a feeding tube, which he hauls around in his super-cool backpack. In my debut Christian novel, a desperate North Korean father sends his disabled daughter across the border into China. And in my current work in progress, Saving Natalie, readers are introduced to a mentally-handicapped hospital janitor named Moe who is one of my favorite characters to show up thus far in my writing career.
I can't imagine writing anything if I weren't passionate, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to use pen and ink (ok, actually laptop and internet) to share my passion with others.
Random Fact #13: I never had any cavities until I went off to college. You can guess what happened next!
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