By Haragayato - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50344039

By Haragayato - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50344039

In addition to the requisite desk drawer manuscripts that may never see the light of day, I've got one completed manuscript for which I'm seeking representation in hopes of finding a publishing home. However, since it's entered in a few contests at the moment, I can't tell you about it specifically just yet. Instead, I'll talk about a common theme in my work.

The pot at the left is an example of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold-dusted lacquer. Brokenness is treated as part of the object's history; something to be highlighted rather than hidden.

I love this because this is exactly what God does with us. He takes our broken pieces and glues them back together; the glued spots are where His glory shines through. I've seen it in my own life time and again, and I seek to showcase that facet of His grace in my fiction.

My characters are relatable. They're flawed. They have wounds and scars and broken places, just like you and I do. They doubt and question and struggle with their faith. And yet God sees them through it. He takes those broken places and makes them beautiful. He gives two flawed human beings their happily-ever-after. Nothing is wasted, and everything is part of the Artist's master plan.

Watch this space for updates on my path to publication!

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of dust
--Gungor