Monday, January 11, 2010

Writing from the Heart

According to my mother, I have an incurable disease called printer's ink in my veins instead of blood. I am a third- generation writer. My grandfather, William Edward Cope wrote for some of the Hearst publications in the 1920s, even working as a correspondent in Ireland during the Irish Rebellion. Mother proofread for the Anderson Herald (Indiana) and wrote an occasional column. So I guess I came by it naturally.

I finished college at Ball State University when my children were teens, graduating with a double departmental major in English and journalism. Since then, I have written for a number of central Indiana newspapers.

I believe my desire to write Christian fiction didn't come naturally, but supernaturally with a calling from the Lord to write books that will show readers the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It is my hope that my edgy fiction will reach individuals and churches with the message of redemption.

Because of some serious problems in my own life and in the life of my children, I want to emphasize the need for the church to remember that no one's sin is any greater than that of anyone else and no one's sin is beyond redemption. It's ours for the asking.

After saying all of that, I would share that my WIP is entitled SECRETS. It deals with the problem of child molestation/incest. It is the book that I must write. It is also the book that is terribly difficult to write. The same emotions that I have had to deal with in the past tend to paralyze me at times, but those emotions, I hope, will be strong in my characters. Writing from the heart. Pat Radaker, Lafayette IN


  1. I taught abstinence education in the public schools back in the 90's, and at that time the statistics were that one in two girls are molested and one in four boys. It's a common problem with huge impact, but one people won't touch. I pray you'll be blessed to write your book in such a way that people can pick it up and read it.

  2. Thanks, Pat. I pray wisdom for you as you work through getting your thoughts on paper.

  3. Emotion absolutely contributes to good writing! I think you are right. The author must feel strong emotion to be able to get it down on paper. Keep writing, Pat!