Robin Lee Hatcher has been blessed and brought to tears by the many emails and letters she receives from her readers.
“In my women’s fiction, I’ve tackled some difficult topics,” she
says. “Infidelity and forgiveness, alcoholism in a Christian home,
marriage in crisis, etc. One reason I write about such things is
because I’ve been there, done that—and through it all, God has
shown me His amazing faithfulness. He has chosen to be yoked
with me and to walk me through those dark valleys.”
Robin is in the midst of her Where the Heart Lives
series—Belonging, Betrayal, and 2013’s Beloved (all from
Zondervan)—which tell the stories of the three Brennan siblings,
sent west on an orphan train as children. Now, as adults at the
turn of the century, they each hope to find the others. As Felicia,
Hugh and Diana search they also discover heartache, love and
Robin began her writing career in the general market, at a time
when Christian fiction was rarely published. Eventually, the
author realised she wasn’t holding tight to her faith in those early
days—and had allowed her books to become something different
from what they should have been.
“As God worked a restoration in my heart, He also planted seeds
that grew into a desire to write for Him,” she shares.
Since then, Robin has published nearly 40 inspirational novels
in multiple genres, and her desire to reach out to readers has not
waned. “We live in a hurting world, and followers of Christ face
trials and illness and heartaches right along with the rest. When
someone reads one of my novels, I hope that a burden will be
temporarily lifted, that laughter might replace tears, that confusion
will turn to understanding, and that readers will catch a
glimpse of the Master.”
Robin wants her readers to know they aren’t alone, whatever
the valley they find themselves in. She shares that she danced
around her office when she recently received this note: “My love
of books brought me to you and you brought me to Jesus.”
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of FamilyFiction digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!