Your faith is important to you, and you want to feel hope for the future, but sometimes life and its constant changes make faith and hope hard to hold onto. I feel the same way. Through essays, articles, novels, and books, I tell stories of faith, hope, and love. For you, for me, for all of us.
I was raised in the farming community of Greencastle, Indiana. I’ve spent most of my life in Indiana, except for the years I spent in Atlanta, Chicago, and Boston.
Other than believing in Jesus and loving my family and friends, writing is the only thing I have done consistently. My writing is deeply influenced by looking at the world from a Christian perspective, even when the topics may not always be of a “Christian” or “religious” nature.
I began writing poems and short stories as a young child and realized writing was a life’s calling at some point in high school. I attended Taylor University, majoring in Mass Communications, and initially pursued a career in journalism, spending just over a year as a reporter for my hometown newspaper, the Banner-Graphic. Since that stint, my primary outlet for writing has been freelance and creative writing.
Now, I am an author, novelist, journalist, essayist, or more simply … in all ways a writer. Through essays, articles, novels, and books, I tell stories of faith, hope, and love. I also speak at events and conferences, and occasionally invest in the lives of other writers through through coaching, editing, and manuscript evaluation.
My forthcoming book of essays will published through T.S. Poetry Press in Spring 2018. Also in 2018, I’ll have a contribution in the book, The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength, (Kregel Publications, 2018) edited by Leslie Leyland Fields. I also am the author of My Year in Words (Glendale Press, September 2016), and the coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (T.S. Poetry Press, October 2014) with Ann Kroeker. I also have contributed essays to three books, including Letters to Me: Conversations with a Younger Self.
I am regularly published at various venues, including Edible Indy and In Touch Magazine. My work also has been featured at Tweetspeak Poetry, Discipleship Journal, The Write Life, Grubstreet Daily, Tweetspeak Poetry, Curator Magazine, and Christianity Today Women, and others. I previously served as a Content and Copy Editor at the High Calling.
In 2013, I began teaching writing workshops, and after the publication of On Being a Writer in 2014, I have regularly led workshops and classes on the writing life and craft, both online and in person. In 2014, I quit my job and began a full-time freelance career. In addition to my own writing and working with writers, I also harness my writing and editing skills to help businesses and organizations with content marketing, public relations, and marketing strategy. In 2017, I was awarded an Arts in the Parks and Historic Places grant by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to lead a writing program at McCormick’s Creek State Park called “Writing in Place,” which resulted in a chapbook, which I contributed to and edited. In 2017, I also was accepted into the Redbud Writers Guild, a vibrant and diverse movement of Christian women who create in community and who influence culture and faith.