Contemporary Christian Fiction Writer
I write stories to inspire connection with authentic characters. I want you to be so wrapped up in the narrative you won’t want to put it down. The braided surprises and moments of truth should catch your breath. When you finish, I’d love to know you were eager to discuss with friends.
• Prayed for direction and calling after retirement
• Wrote a private novella for my mother
• Tormented by characters and stories playing out in my dreams and musings
• Started writing and applied myself fully to the process
• Finished writing my first novel and caught the fire for editing and critiquing
• Started a second novel
• Became passionate about getting my novel in the hands of readers
• Recognized the need for a platform and opportunity to fuel my writing (rinse and repeat)
From what I can tell, you’re supposed to know your destiny is to be a writer when as a toddler you adorn your parents’ walls with clever lines. For me it didn’t begin until at the ripe old age of six, when the governor read my tall tale about sister seahorses, Winny and Minny to the entire island of Guam — Oh, wouldn’t that make a great opening to my story of how I became a writer? I’d fit right in. Nope, there was no governor reading my award-winning fiction. Sure, there was a governor and at six I lived on the island of Guam, but it wasn’t until 4 decades later, when I retired from a career journeying through Wall Street, that I knew I had to be a writer.
So, no, I didn’t get the memo that I was meant to be a writer until 2018. And even then, I told my husband of twenty years that the calling was surely not addressed to me. God must have something missional and business-savvy in mind. Something that would transform my career in strategy and high-finance into blessing His mission. I had lots of ideas. He let me dabble but none of them seemed to be what He had in mind. None of them ignited the passion or gave me His peace.
What I’ve always known is simple – I love stories. I’m a reader, a listener, a notebook scribbler. People fascinate me. Jesus says, love your neighbor, and I say join me neighbor, sit down, and tell me your story. How can I do for you what I wish I could do for many?
With clarity of hindsight, perhaps it is obvious that I am a writer. The stories of treacherous friendships, battling marriages, euphoric births and devastating illnesses have swirled, settled, and transformed into fictional characters that walk across my pages and unashamedly share their lives.
I write to inspire connection with these authentic characters. I want you to be so wrapped up in their narratives you won’t want to shut the book on them. Their braided surprises and moments of truth should catch your breath. When you finish, I’d love to know which stories you shared with friends and how they made you feel.