At seven-years-old, I was bitten by the writing bug, and began penning stories about a dog’s adventures. For a writing assignment, I wrote my own second grade Bible story commentary of sorts for “kids.” In fourth grade, I “published” my fictional stories in homemade wallpaper-covered cardboard books. A poem published in a national magazine and a Young Author’s Award sealed the deal, and thus began my dream of becoming an author.
Later, when my children were babies, I began writing for both national and regional publications. I remember one time interviewing a prominent doctor by telephone for a health article. My daughters were watching their favorite cartoon, Angelina Ballerina. Lo and behold, my youngest ran into the playroom and quickly returned with her toy accordion in hand. She then began playing it loud and clear, the strains echoing throughout the house. The doctor politely mentioned, “I seem to hear some static on your end.” It was all I could do not to laugh at the “static” of my toddler daughter’s accordion-playing skills.
Magazine writing soon gave way to writing books, beginning with a children’s book titled Hollyhocks, and followed by 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference: Ideas and Activities for Serving Others. McKenzie was written during a particularly rough time in my life while recovering from a car accident.
Today, I have multiple book projects going at once. I’ve recently started venturing into contemporary romance and suspense novels, which is a super-exciting new path God has been prompting me to take.
I’m also an avid blogger at “random thoughts from a day in the life of a wife, mom, and author,” where I post on a myriad of topics including family life, growing in the Lord, movie reviews, humor, and health-related topics.
I am passionate about using the gift of the written word to glorify Jesus.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”