Today we welcome our newest blog member, Dicky To. Enjoy learning more about this trained chef and romance writer.
(1) Welcome to the Writing Prompts Crew. Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Hong Kong and was raised as a Buddhist. My family was pretty rich, and I enjoyed the luxuries of life. However, I was very unhappy because I felt unloved.
When I came to Chicago for education, I met a very beautiful girl at college. She brought me to church. I began to feel something different in the lives of the church members, something I had been quietly yearning in my heart—love. On one Saturday night, as I was reading the Bible she gave me, I felt God’s calling, and I accepted Jesus the next day.
My friendship with the girl grew. After eight years of dating her, we were married in the presence of our Lord. I am the most blessed man of all because the Lord had brought such godly, beautiful woman into my life.
Currently, my wife and I live with our two young sons in Hoffman Estates, a northwest suburb of Chicago. We attend a local church.
I enjoy cooking. I was trained as a chef in Hong Kong.
(2) How did you become interested in being a writer?
Actually, I wrote a romance fiction for my wife for our anniversary. Something inspired me to develop it into a full-length novel (well, I am still revising it at my own pace). More importantly, I’d like to deliver God’s messages to non-believers through Christian romance fiction. In November 2011, I joined ACFW.
(3) Can you tell us three unique things about you that we may not know?
* I am very sentimental so that my story is always emotionally driven.
* I love to watch Japanese romance anime like Whisper of the Heart and From Up On Poppy Hill. These stories always warm my heart.
* I still like toys because they are fun to look at and to play.
* (One extra): I love grocery shopping. I am always fascinated by the wide varieties of items a supermarket carries especially baked goods.
(4) Being Christmas Eve, could you tell me what this season means to you?
Christmas is not about giving ‘tangible’ gifts. It’s all about sharing the Love of Christ with others because Jesus is the Greatest Gift of all. That’s what my wife and I have taught our two sons.
Moreover, spending time with my family is very important on Christmas because it is the birthday of Christ, the happiest time of the year.