With the Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference right around the corner, Kat Crawford, one of the leaders of the group, did a Q & A with me (I’ll be teaching at the conference) recently and it just went up on the Wordsowers website.
We talked about when I first knew I wanted to write, how writers conferences helped me, my favorite workshops to teach at conferences, my favorite authors, why I enjoy writing about sports, and a few other topics.
If you are in the Midwest, it’s not too late to register for the conference that will be held in Omaha, Neb. on February 28 – March 1. Click here to register.
Now, here’s the interview:
Lionhearted Kat: When we met, you worked at a bank. When did you decide you wanted to write?
Lee: My parents divorced when I was eight years old, so my dad came to get me on Saturdays to spend time with him. He was a painter (the kind who paints houses) and he owned his own shop, so we would often stop by there on Saturday afternoons. While he was busy, I often gravitated toward his big manual typewriter on his desk. I’d scroll a piece of paper into it and begin copying liner notes from albums, articles from newspapers, etc., sometimes picking up a story where it left off. I didn’t know it at the time, but the writing bug was planted in me back then.
During my teen years, I wrote poetry to deal with my emotions. As an introvert, the written page was my only safe place. During my twenties, I wrote songs to deal with my emotions. I became a Christian in my mid-twenties and a few years later got online, where I landed a singles column with Christianity Today Online.
And then in my thirties, I received a flyer for a Christian writers conference in Kansas City. I was intrigued so I registered and attended. For the first time in my life, I was among kindred spirits – creative types who expressed themselves with the written word. That’s when I really knew I wanted to write.
Lionhearted Kat: Before you started writing fulltime, you drove to Kansas City to attend a monthly writers group or critique group. It’s a long drive to Kansas City, how often did you go and how did that dedication help you as a writer?
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