I have always been a writer. From my bedroom in my childhood home in Ohio, I created stories and wrote “chapter books” in journals, filling them from cover to cover. My first book was a mystery entitled Tammy and the Carson Case. I continued to write throughout high school as a member of the yearbook committee, and in college, where term papers were my favorite assignments! After having children, there wasn’t much time to write, outside of the annual family Christmas letter, which I looked forward to writing every year.
In 2005, I was asked to write cover articles for my church newsletter, which I did faithfully for two years. During that time, my nine-month-old son, Ethan, became very ill and passed away. This event rocked my faith and changed my life forever, and I was able to express my feelings and pass on the lessons God was teaching me in those newsletter articles. Five years later, I felt God urging me to write about the experience, and the valuable faith lessons He taught me through it, in book format. I compiled the newsletter articles, along with my CaringBridge journal entries, and wrote my first book, Do You Trust Me? which chronicles my journey of faith and my struggle to trust God during the darkest of times.
Although my first book was autobiographical, my true passion is fiction writing. I have one published short story and another one due out this spring in a fun romance anthology. I also have several Christian contemporary romance novels in the works, along with a few Christmas novellas. Along with writing, I love speaking to groups of women on the topic of trusting God, and would welcome the opportunity to come to your church women’s group, mom’s group, or women’s retreat to share my story. Seriously, anytime!
As a parent of four children who have/had suffered from primary immune deficiency disease, I also write articles for a magazine that is very close to my heart, IG Living Magazine. In these articles, I share my thoughts on the ups and downs of parenting children with a chronic illness. Along with the print version, I occasionally blog for IG Living’s online magazine.
I received my BS in Christian Education from Crown College, I sing on the worship team at my church, and currently reside in northern Minnesota with my husband and my four earth-dwelling children.