Clown Series Interview

 

The Clown Series

The author of the Clown book series answers questions about the books and about her motivations.

Q: Why a clown?

A: People wonder about that. Truth is, despite the horror industry’s bogarting of clowns, true clowns embody qualities of God that resonate with me. When I imagine God in human form, I see a Clown.  Capital C Clown.

Q: But a clown? There are lots of other human types you could have chosen.

A: Clowns intrigue me. Always have. And they set my thoughts on God. A clown embodies joy, benevolence, virtue, and love.  Sure, there is hiddenness behind the greasepaint, just as there’s hiddenness in God. But, let’s face it, a clown’s hiddenness is what makes them magical.

Q: How did you come to write these stories?

A: Since my early teens I  imagined my life as a story: how would I write what happened today for someone to read? During my late teens, I became intrigued with the magic of clowning. And I’ve always loved Jesus’ stories (parables, to use the literary term): so brief, but with such punch. In some kind of magical alchemy during my twenties, this image emerged of a clown spinning these timeless stories and those stories working a powerful good for those who had ears to hear.

Q: Isn’t there a Pollyanna quality to these stories? Can such problems as your characters encounter—from eating disorders to desertion even to death—be fixed by a story?

A: Fixed? No. Stories open us to possibilities. There’s a eureka moment in the reading or telling: we blink before a new and transforming thought. What will we do with our eureka? That’s where our work begins. I see the Clown books as realistic tales: ones that accompany readers through good times and bad; stories dusted with God-magic and grounded in hope.

Q: Why do you keep writing these books?

A: I thought there would only be three. But God keeps giving me stories and I never feel more alive, more connected to God, than when I’m writing. Plus, I keep hoping a child—8 or 80 years old—will pick one up at the time their soul longs for its message. I hope I’ll keep writing Clown stories until I meet the Clown face to face.

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Votes & Hopes

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Voting as a spiritual practice? Well…yes! A spiritual practice is an act intended to strengthen our relationship with God. If our vote expresses our lived faith, then yes. It’s a spiritual practice.

This year our faith vote is crucial. Before we enter the voting booth, let’s consider the purpose of a vote and how our vote reflects our values.

  • A vote is an act of hope: Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Our vote can help answer our own prayer; we can move our world—the world we leave to our children and grandchildren—Godward. We help create the world of God’s best hopes.
  • A vote is an act of awareness: We vote open-eyed: aware of the hard realities of greed, abuse, and hatred; aware also of more prevalent acts of generosity, inclusiveness, creativity, and love.
  • A vote is an act of global connection: Today’s connected world makes isolationism obsolete. A strong vote creates positive connections between ourselves and others in the world community.
  • A vote is an informed act: From a diversity of sources, we learn what we can about issues and candidates so our vote is thoughtful, reasoned, and hopeful.
  • A vote is an act of faith: Fear is a powerful, sometimes needed, force. But a spiritual-practice vote is one of faith, not fear. Of inclusion, not exclusion.

We cast a vote: what a strong verb! While we may simply pushing buttons to register our vote, the impact is both phenomenal and enduring. So let’s go out there and rock our faith vote.