My debut novel, Strains of Silence, hit the virtual shelves today. Release day. I knew this day was coming, prepped for it even. But after seven years, after four complete rewrites, it’s live. My friends are telling me it showed up on their Kindles at midnight. Reviews are appearing. And I am blown away. Humbled […]
Writer. Editor. Sojourner.
Behind these doors, there are kingdoms. Sometimes I write about discoveries I’ve made exploring this world. Other times, I pen stories of realms and kingdoms of my own imagination. Often, I ponder, with fear and trembling, how I can belong to a far Kingdom and live here, feet on the ground.
A Little Red Ink
A 2015 ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, I am a fan of Story. As a freelance editor, I make sure every thread is woven consistently throughout a manuscript—whatever the genre—and point out ways to deepen and enrich the layers so the theme is subtle, the story vivid.
Every moment in life is part of the Great Mosaic, a burst of color, incomplete in itself. But put it together with other moments, other experiences, and it becomes part of something greater. This is the space where I’ll share moments that matter to me–all different shades and tints, all over the spectrum.
I am a sojourner. So far, I've just explored Earth, but my love for adventure and old stories make me yearn for a chance to wander in other realms in the not-too-distant future. Author of Strains of Silence (Summer 2017) and ACFW finalist for Editor of the Year, I enjoy tales that take a guess at what's out there. And I love to add my own ideas to the mix. Other job titles: Wielder of Red Pens, Grammar Ninja, Wiper of Tears and Milk, Indie Music Connoisseur, and Friend.
My debut novel Strains of Silence has an actual cover! A cover that will be on the front of a book that I wrote. That I (and you, if you like) will get to stare at in person in less than a year. Friends, it’s completely surreal. I started this book eight years ago. When […]
To me, a white woman with white kids, black lives matter. I hear you. Some of my friends, right off the bat are saying, “ALL lives matter.” And they do. But it’s okay to say that we recognize — especially right now — black lives matter. To my black friends, I hear you. I […]
A well-written story can pull me in for hours. I love linking arms with the main character and facing dangerous foes. To be swept away, engulfed in a sensory-rich story world is a wondrous thing. We all need new adventures. The best stories of all fill my mind with wonder and with fear, with joy […]
Were I to have the privilege of sitting somewhere in time past and listening to Kurt Vonnegut, I’m sure I would leave unsettled. Shocked probably. Maybe irked. Moved, I think. But I guarantee you this. I would be uncomfortable with Things as They Are. Mr. Vonnegut knew how to write, how to speak, how to engage […]
Someone once said I live a charmed life. I’m not sure, even now, how to respond to that except to laugh. It’s not a bitter laugh, but it would’ve been once upon a time. My childhood bordered on blissful, if you discount the fact that I’ve always been hard-headed. I was loved fully and unconditionally, […]
So that night, I knelt on the floor at the foot of the bed where my little man slept, and I offered God my son’s life. I knew He understood the pain of a parent letting go of their child. And I wrapped myself up in that knowledge. . . When I left for the […]
Sometimes, the God Who created us for relationship isolates us. I’m talking pitch black isolation. The kind of darkness that is so alive it has its own heartbeat. If we didn’t have moments (sometimes years) like that, we’d lean on others. The thing is, we’re meant to press in to HIM. So, when He sees […]