Faith, Fiction, and Mosquitos

About Me

My Family

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I was born in Ohio and spent the first 18 years of my life there. But when God called me to attend college in Minnesota, a state I'd never been to, I obediently packed up and headed north, and I've been here ever since (well, we did spend a few years in three other states...but that's beside the point). I enjoy life in the Northwoods with my husband and our four kids, our horse, dog and cats. We take part in so many activities that are truly Minnesotan—like wild ricing, maple syruping, swimming and fishing at the cabin, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter...and we even have Swedish kick-sleds! And snowshoes! There's never a dull moment up here! I can't wait to share our Minnesota life with you!

My Stories

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For some reason, I can't read a book or watch a movie if there isn't a strong romantic thread. I enjoy superhero movies...as long as the superhero has a love interest. Action movies? Eh, they're ok, as long as two people fall in love while the plane they're on is going down! I just LOVE a good love story! Lost loves reunited, ex-rivals realizing they're actually soul mates, marriages of convenience turning into matches made in heaven...the tropes are endless. So you can be assured that every story of mine will be a romance. And because I find Minnesota so fascinating, all of my stories are set here. You can be sure that I'll throw in plenty of lakes, sub-zero winters, and even a mosquito or two, just for authenticity!

Why I write

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I have three sons with a chronic condition called Primary Immunodeficiency Disease, and one son who died at the age of 9 months from this condition. I've spent many years asking God, "Why?" Why them, why me, why this? It was in 2011 that God finally opened my eyes by asking me, "Why not you? Who do you think you are that you're above suffering?" Then one day, while sitting in a hospital waiting room, I discovered this verse: 1 Corinthians 1:3-4, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."

Ever since I read that verse, I knew I was called to take my own experience with suffering and loss and pour it into fictional stories that deal with tough, real-life situations—some dealing with loss, others with doubt and unanswered prayer—in order to teach others what I've learned over the last decade or so. I want to share what God has taught me through my fictional characters. But don't worry, there will be plenty of laughs and romance, too!  I have so many stories floating around in my head...enough to last for years and years!