Saint Lydia of Thyatira is my patron, and she’s the one who got me into this. She captured my writing life and tied it to my Orthodox journey. I’ll never be sure whose idea it was to write Letters to Saint Lydia, and I’d like to feel her presence here as I continue to explore all the ways our creative lives and our spiritual lives are one.
This blog is about writing and reading from an Orthodox Christian perspective. This is the place where I share my thoughts and experiences as an Orthodox writer, and where I invite other Orthodox writers and readers to tell their own versions of this story.
I’m especially interested in what seem to me the more social or relational forms of writing. Fiction is my specialty, but I’m interested in any writing that addresses the reader directly and seeks to make real contact. We all have a story, but only some of us tell it.
Books and people are inseparable, in my view. You can’t have one without the other. I want to explore the ways we bring our need for storytelling into our faith and how stories can strengthen our faith and revive its presence in our lives.