For years I despised picking up a pen and writing. I hated reading, books, and anything to do with letting my imagination run wild on a pad of paper. Then, I read a book. Actually, a series. It was a series by Dee Henderson that practically my entire family had been begging me to read. Never before had a fictional book changed my life and inspired me to draw closer to the Lord. I started thinking that summer: I want to do that for someone else. But I couldn’t do it on my own.
It’s crazy how God calls you to something so unfamiliar. So out of your comfort zone. I remember earnestly praying on a walk one afternoon “God, if this is what you want me to do, you’re gonna have to give me something. Show me what you want me to do. Give me some ideas and help me, because I’m clueless by myself.” At the end of that summer, with the help of my momma praying and pitching in ideas to me, I had a series on my hands and an earnest desire to write. The Lawson Series. Finding Hope—about the middle sibling, Hope Lawson. Second book—about the older brother, Mark Lawson. Third book—about the unique, feisty little sister, Brianna Lawson.
Excited. Thrilled. Amazed. Honored. These words don’t even begin to scratch the surface of how I feel. While I’m also nervous and scared to share Finding Hope with the world, I know it’s going to work out how God wants it to. Because this is His will and I’ve tried to be the pencil in His hand, letting Him have control.
"...hope we have as an anchor of the soul..."
This verse became the center point of Finding Hope. My thesis, if you will. To be honest, I had no clue where Finding Hope was going to go. Many people, including myself, thought it’d just be something to pass time and I’d eventually get over it. But here’s the thing that shocked me...I never got over it.
It literally was God sent. The desire. The storyline. The inspiration. The writer friends. Everything. It seemed like God confirmed it too; stamped His approval. The year I started writing it, I was in awe at His confirmation. Hope was in sermons, in songs, on social media, in conversation, on Christmas ornaments even. And then, I looked at the world...it could use a good dose of hope.
Finding Hope is proof that God confirms His will and calling for you. Impossible? It’s God’s starting point. Coincidence? It’s not a thing. When He calls you to something, He has a purpose in mind. And while I’m not for certain of that purpose yet, I do know this: God wants something to hear about hope. I feel honored to tell the story He’s placed on my heart.
Without my parents, I don’t know where I’d be. When I told them I wanted to write, I’m sure there were doubts and they were shocked, because I was too. But they supported me and encouraged my dream. For that, I’ll forever be thankful because I needed a shoulder to lean on when I got discouraged and felt defeated. Their constant support means the world to me and for that, I’m dedicating this first novel, Finding Hope, to my parents. All my love goes out to their special hearts
It’s an unexplainable feeling when you hold the author copy of your book in your hands for the first time. I literally broke down in tears. All the headaches, the hard times, the tears...they were worth it.
"Katlyn Grace writes with a very gentle but poignant spirit. In Finding Hope, Ethan Grey is a very broken person, and Katlyn managed to keep his character a wonderful and caring hero, despite his struggles.
I can't wait to read the upcoming books in The Lawson Series!"
-Cleopatra Margot, Author of the Faith to Love Series
There are so many more people. My street team. My family. My friends. My church family--near and far. None of your support and kind words go unappreciated or unnoticed. My heart is bubbling over from your support and how you've gone out of your way to spread the news about Finding Hope.
You've made this journey incredible, unique, and indescribable.
I pray that Finding Hope inspires you to spread hope and shine light, just like Hope does for Ethan. You never know who you might touch.
God Bless & Happy Reading!
"...hope we have as an anchor of the soul..."
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn and this is a page made solely for my writing and updates. I've found that God has given me a passion for Christian Fiction Romance writing. And I'm now filling pages of paper with my heart!