Ever wonder where a novelist gets his or her ideas from? How can it be possible to write a novel about something no one else has thought of? The answer is as varied as the people that ask.

My latest Work in Progress did not start out as a "novel" but only a novel idea. That "new" idea began with the two most important words in the English language to a writer. "What if?"

W​hen I am inspired by a concept I'd like to write about, what I do NOT do is think I'm going to write a novel about it.

For example, I found a song on YouTube about an Eshet Chayil--the Proverbs 31 woman.


That YouTube video got me to thinking, and I haven't stopped thinking about it. 

Some of those verses in Proverbs lean to an interpretation in English that the woman is a slave to her husband and children. Nothing could be further from the the truth, however. Jewish men do not sing praises to slaves every Shabbat. Children do not rise up and call a slave blessed.

Eshet Chayil means--literally--Woman of Might (or Strength or Valor)

This is a woman who is the C.E.O. of her home. She delegates responsibilities, and authority. She directs her husband and children. Since most women have outside employment, delegation becomes even more important. But, the number one feature of an eshet chayil is her devotion to Adonai Eloheinu, our Creator.

Eshet Chayil is more precious than rubies. Her husband obeys her (if he's smart) because she does him good all the days of his life. Without her, life could overwhelm him. Not that he would not take care of himself, but he would never attain the level of care his eshet chayil provided.

Only a woman can multi-task for extended periods. God made her exactly that way. She keeps the family together and on task. The wise husband helps her and takes direction well.

God said of Adam, "It is not good that man should be alone."

Obviously, God knew what He was talking about. Sure, Adam got along well enough (so he thought) until God caused him to fall asleep so He could take genetic material and engineer the wo-man, not from the dust of the ground, but from Adam's side. He revered her as God's gift. "Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh."

So, I ask the question: What if a man, lost, alone, and nearly broke after his wife's sudden death...what if his life is forever changed by an obviously foreign woman that breaks into his house after dark and claims she is on a mission? Her mission is to save his life.

That's the premise. 

David King is devastated. He not only lost his wife, he was arrested for her murder and lost his job and his beautiful home on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. 

Eshet Chayil is a story about God's ultimate love for each one of us. He has a plan for our lives we're not aware of, and He does us good and not evil.

God loves us just the way we are. But, He loves us enough not to let us remain that way.