How I write is who I am.Joan Didion
I’m Lee Carter, a Christian freelance writer, blogger and author from the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia, where the bush is never far away and the beaches beckon a little further on. After a fresh-air childhood, I’m blessed to live so close to the natural world.
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved words and all the wonderful things that words can do. As soon as I learned to read, it seems I got the writing bug and I’ve been writing ever since. I began with poetry – it rhymed, of course – and progressed to a silent movie screenplay (long story) and two novels begun in my teens with great enthusiasm, and never finished.
These days I work hard on my craft, because writing is important to me and I want to keep improving. And as any writer will tell you, one of the hardest things to do is to write in a way that sounds authentic, that sounds like you.
But what really gets me up in the morning is my trust in God through Jesus. He is the centre of my life. And this drives, shapes and sustains me as I live for him. Reading his Spirit-breathed words in the Bible only increases my love of words and my appreciation of their power. For God’s words never fail to accomplish his purpose.
I hope I never get over the astounding truth that God used words to bring this universe into existence, and that through the Word – his Son Jesus – he brings salvation to sinners everywhere. He really is the God who speaks.
And as I labour over my writing, I remember the words delivered to the apostle John by a trumpet-like voice. Exiled on the island of Patmos, John received a command to be a witness, to write on a scroll what he saw and send it to the believers – a command he obeyed.
And that’s what I try to do, though, of course, my writings are not like John’s! His writings carry the authority of an apostle of Christ Jesus, and mine do not! But, like John, I do try to pay attention and record what I see, with God’s help.
I was married for 23 years to a wonderful man, Paul. I’m a widow now, with two courageous and creative adult children and a lovely daughter-in-law. Besides being passionate about reading, writing and following Jesus, I love thinking, making music, walking, enjoying creation, being a mum, and having coffee and conversation with friends.