|Cover art for "The Blood Cries Out"|
As Anne Lamott reminded us in her enlightening and engaging book about writing and living, Bird by Bird, the best way to approach an overwhelming project is often to break it up into its smaller component parts. This has a way of transforming the seemingly impossible writing task into something that just might work. A couple years ago, a co-worker shared a piece of dark family history that sent chills down my spine. For a person like me whose writing usually contains a spiritual dimension, that family history was something I wanted to find a way to incorporate within fictional context, most likely a mystery novel. The problem was, after obtaining the family’s permission, I had no precise idea where to begin.