I write stories, articles, and blog posts (I’m trying!). And I’m working on a contemporary novel about Vanessa, a NYC private school counselor, who wonders if her dream of having children will ever happen. After her estranged mother calls her home because she’s dying, Vanessa realizes that it’s more than just the number of candles on her birthday cake that are holding her back from a future.     

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English: Creative Writing Emphasis and a Publishing minor at Lewis-Clark State College in 2006, non-traditional that I am. Still working on a masters’ degree in Literature at the University of Idaho. I’ve studied with some great professors: Claire Davis, Mark Sanders, Bill Johnson, James Hepworth, Mary Clearman Blew, and Daniel Orozco, all published writers extraordinaire.

I attend writers’ conferences, webinars, and read writing craft books (there’s always a new way to look at plot or character) and am a member of Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I lead a local writers’ group.

Some of my favorite fiction writers are Flannery O’Connor, Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth Strout, David Gutterson, Barbara Kingsolver, and my writing teachers. Some of my favorite nonfiction writers are Madeleine L’Engle, Frederick Buechner, Ann Voscamp, and Flannery O’Connor.

I cook healthy meals and treats (find me on Pinterest). I read fiction and nonfiction simultaneously (find me on GoodReads). I procrastinate about joining the gym (probably because you can also find me on Facebook).

I love God and his grace, and rivers and rocks and friends. My husband and I have three adult children and, so far, three grandchildren. Love them, too.

I’m an encourager who loves to use story to give hope because, “Don’t we all love a good story?”

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