Who I Am
I am a writer, bringing words to life through essays, stories, blog posts, and books. I am the co-author of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (T.S. Poetry Press, December 2014) and have contributed essays to three books, including, Letters to Me: Conversations with a Younger Self. I am regularly published at various venues, including The Curator, where I am a staff writer, and TweetSpeak Poetry, where I am a contributing writer. I also am a content editor at The High Calling. In addition, I lead workshops and speak at other venues on topics of faith, writing, and family. As a freelance editor and corporate communications specialist, I help others bring their words to life in print and online through books, brochures, websites, social media, newsletters, and more. I live with my husband and three step-sons in rural Indiana.
Bringing Words to Life
A word is dead
When it is said,
I say it just begins
to live that day.
- Emily Dickinson
If a word just begins to live the day that it is said, how much more the day that it is written?
For me, words have always been a crucial aspect of what it means to understand life, connect with others, and know God. Words wound and heal; words bring grace and reveal glory; words transport me to different times and places and reveal what’s true. With words, I confess I am hurt or lost. With words, I remind myself and others that there is hope.
Through words–mine, His, yours, ours– I experience the best of all God has for me.
When I sit down to write, I follow my Creator in breathing life into words. And to all of life–every gritty and glorious moment–I bring words. Simple and true.
On Being a Writer
12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts
“A genial marriage of practice and theory. For writers new and seasoned. This book is a winner.”
—Philip Gulley, Bestselling Author of Front Porch Tales and The Harmony series
On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts explores the question: is your writing life all it can be? Let this book and authors, Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig, act as your personal writing coach, to explore the writing life you already have and the writing life you wish for, and close the gap between the two. Gain insights through helpful stories from the authors’ established writing careers. Explore twelve simple (but vital) habits—through journaling, writing prompts, bonus activities, and discussion questions—that will help you build a more sustainable and satisfying writing life.
This latest T.S. Poetry Press Masters of Fine Living Series title currently is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle, from Barnes & Noble in Paperback and Kindle, and in bulk wholesale from Ingrams.
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Showing and Telling
Below are a few of my recently published essays, including those at The High Calling, Tweetspeak Poetry, and The Curator Magazine where I am an editor, contributing writer, and staff writer, respectively. Click on the button below for my complete portfolio of books, essays, videos, and more.
_Five Authors on Being a Writer – Episode 5 – Kristin Schell
_How to Market a Book with Integrity: A Christian Author’s Struggle – Guest Post for Ed Cyzewski
_Five Authors on Being a Writer – Episode 4 – David Rupert
_What Do You Do: Finding Value in the Question No One Likes – The High Calling
_The Cathedral of Junk – The Curator
_Five Authors on Being a Writer – Episode 3 – Jennifer Dukes Lee
_Five Authors on Being a Writer – Episode 2 – Michelle DeRusha
_Five Authors on Being a Writer – Episode 1 – Ann Kroeker
_Become a Better Writer: I Am Not a Robot – Tweetspeak Poetry
_No More Wicked Stepmother – Today’s Christian Woman
_Navigating the Steps of a Blended Family – Laity Lodge Family Camp
_The Internet Never Forgets – Her.meneutics
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Bringing words to life sometimes means getting together in real life or online and learning from and sharing with other writers, artists, and friends. If you are interested in having me attend or speak at your event, please contact me today. And if you are able, join me in bringing words to life at the following events!
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