“Her” is about Theodore who spends much of his time talking to his computer operating system. He’s having an affair with his the system’s voice, Samantha.
Yet as writers we talk a lot about “voice.” It’s the voice of the author that ultimately “tells” the story.
An author voice can make or break her career.
An author’s voice is that intuitive thing we possess that connects with the readers.
It’s the continuity of our stories.
I wrote a series of novels with country singer Sara Evans. She was the beauty I was the brawn in our partnership.
My job was to write the stories.
My regular readers immediately recognized my voice.
They understood me to be the storyteller.
Yet voice is something we rarely talk about in our relationships.
A friend of mine first fell for her husband by the sound of his voice. He was a classic radio DJ and she loved, loved listening to his shows. It was her main attraction to him. Ultimately, the marriage failed but to her he would always be “the voice” she loved.
So after the “Her” discussion the idea of falling for someone’s voice got me thinking. What is in a voice?
My Dad’s voice always made me smile. Made me feel loved. But when he spoke with authority, I knew he meant business.
I can still hear my mother singing us awake in the morning.
My Aunt Betty had a great laugh. I can still here it echoing in my soul.
A voice generates images, even emotion, in our hearts.
What about those little voices in our heads? They can make or break our hearts, our self esteem, our view of God.
So if voice is so key to our lives, we can know God the same way. By His voice.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice.”
Sheep follow a shepherd based on his voice. They don’t ned to see him, they merely need to hear him.
I love this… We can know God by His voice!
Yea, the trick is to learn to recognize His voice.
How do we do that?
By building our relationship. By taking His into our hearts. Praying. Being with others who believe.
But even more cool is that knowing His voice actually forms an image of Him in our heart.
God has His own voice recognition system!
Maybe this doesn’t make sense to anyone but me. I love the idea of God’s voice forming an image in my heart of mind of who He truly is!
What do you think? Do you have an image of Him in your heart based on His voice?
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship for their annual conference. She was named ACFW 2013 Mentor of the Year.
She lives in Florida, where she is also a worship leader, with her husband and mini schnauzer.
Her novel, The Wedding Dress, was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year and is an Amazon #1 Best Seller.
Her latest release, Once Upon A Prince, earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, and hit #1 on Amazon in Christian romance.
Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com