So it was a theological as well as a literary enterprise for me, but as a storyteller I had to make the story come first. I sat down and typed out “It was a dark and stormy night.” The theology is down deep. It’s not there unless you look for it. And that’s where I think it should be in stories. It should not hang below your skirt like a slip.
— Madeleine L’Engle, quoted in Madeleine L’Engle, Herself, compiled by Carole F. Chase