It seems only natural to introduce the first new board officer that members will likely have contact with, right in the next newsletter — InPrint Editor Patricia Raybon. Pat joined CAL in 2006. But as writers, we know it can take a while to find your voice. “With five published books behind me now,” she says, “I decided it was time to give back time and energy to CAL as a board member. I’m deeply aware that authors face tough challenges every single step of the writing and publishing process. If I can help demystify any aspects of that author journey, plus keep adding to my own insight and knowledge, I’ll consider my board membership a success.”
Pat was an award-winning journalist for years at the Rocky Mountain News, then moved on to write memoirs, essays and inspirational books. None has been as personally challenging as her most recent book, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. It is the story of her daughter’s conversion to Islam.
“It’s a shared story, not just me telling a Christian narrative and working solo,” she explains. “To share a literary stage on the topic of personal faith, I had to let go of my strong desire to evangelize my daughter “back to Christ,” as we say in my faith, and release my heart to respect and love her in practical, ordinary, everyday ways: ask questions without criticizing, listen more, collaborate, take my turn, wait for her replies, try to learn, learn to wait. In the end, it was the toughest writing assignment I’ve ever tackled, but the rewards have been some of the greatest.”
One reward already for CAL this year: having Pat Raybon on this board.