What can I say? I love stories. I always have. I think there was a reason Christ taught using parables, and it's because stories are powerful--they have the ability to motivate, teach, and influence. They have the power to lift people up or drag them down; the power to put good thoughts and feelings in a reader's mind or negative thoughts and feelings.
That's a huge responsibility for a story-teller to realize, and one I don't take lightly. Yes, I write to entertain. But I also write to uplift, inspire, and hopefully make this world a better place one story at a time.