The Los Angeles Review of Books featured this month “Bringing Harmony and Sense: http://lareviewofbooks.org/interview/bringing-harmony-and-sense-ron-hansen-on-spirituality-and-creativity on Spirituality and Creativity”, a dialogue between writer and Yogini Naseem Rashedi and Ron Hansen, the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English at Santa Clara University. The topic included the intersection between spirituality and his creative writing process.
His specialty is writing historical fiction and among the revelations were the fact that he didn’t know he had such a deep spiritual need until he tried to write historical fiction. To educate himself he enrolled in a theology class and kept going until he earned a Master’s degree, finding that he was “feeding and enriching a hungry aspect of my personality that lived”.
Also he doesn’t find so much that faith shaped his creativity as the opposite:
RR: How has your faith shaped your literary sensibility?
RH: Maybe it’s the other way around: in writing about vexed people and crucial events I have been forced to focus on last things, on the eschatological, and ask the questions that loom as we approach crises or death. There are, of course, many novelists with no religious faith, who may have even discarded what they grew up with, but my own favorite writers are those who have looked heavenward and struggled with theological mysteries.
Read the whole article.