Robin Jones Gunn: Desires of a Writer’s Heart
- Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Though that first book was published 20 years ago, your characters continue to resonate with teen readers, and you continue to publish offshoots of that original series. What are some of the more recent releases?
Peculiar Treasures is the first book in the Katie Weldon series and just came out. The next book in The College Years series will be out in the fall.
You’re also a best-selling women’s fiction novelist. How did you enter this genre?
In the middle of writing the teen series, I wrote eight books in the Glenbrooke series. These books are gentle love stories set in an imaginary town called Glenbrooke, and they were a response to readers of the Christy Miller series now in their 20s, who wanted stories about how to make good decisions about whom to marry and how to know it is the right person.
I was invited to write a book for the Women of Faith series and wrote Gardenias for Breakfast. In writing that, I found I really loved writing for my age group after writing for teenagers all these years. I loved incorporating that sense of travel and adventure I’ve always had into the stories. Through a variety of steps, there was an opportunity to write this series that turned into the Sisterchick series.
The first book, Sisterchicks on the Loose!, was loosely based on a trip that I and my best friend took to Finland about 15 years ago. We had such an adventure and really saw, in being out of our comfort zone, how God is much bigger than we are, and how his body is all over the world. The first book sold 100,000 copies.
It began this writer’s dream. In the last five years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the world. I’m meeting sisterchicks all over the world and finding that we’re all the same at heart.
How has God brought the desires of your heart full circle, through your writing?
Six years ago I was teaching a writing conference in Cambridge, England. At the lunch table a woman said she had read the Christy Miller books for teenagers and made a decision for Christ. Her name was Wambura, and she said she lived in Nairobi, Kenya.
I told her I had wanted to give my life to getting God’s Word out to people around the world and about being turned down to serve as a laundry supervisor in Kenya years earlier. She said, ‘You know, you did not need to come to Africa to wash our clothes; God sent your stories and they washed our hearts.’
This is how God works in our lives. He plants those dreams and brings them along in ways we never expect, and it’s always creative—in ways we could never see.
The (Christy Miller) books are translated in nine languages now. Those stories are going places I’ll never go.
Photo by: Ross Gunn III
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