Why I Started Writing:
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy writing. Over the years I’ve engaged in almost every type of writing there is. I spent several years as a journalist, penning a business spotlight column for our local newspaper. I freelanced for a number of Christian magazines for adults and teens, and wrote scripts for church productions. As a homeschool mom, I self-published homeschool unit studies. Then, when my husband, a broadcast communications major, decided to follow his dream of making movies, I learned to write screenplays.
It was through screenwriting that I truly developed my skills as a storyteller. In addition to the five traditional feature films that we produced, I wrote the scripts for two silent movies. I took the challenge of “show not tell” and brought it to a new extreme. I then found myself as an expert teaching not only at film events, but also teaching storytelling to authors.
In March 2020, I launched All God’s Women podcast and quickly fell in love with bringing to life the stories of Bible women. From that point on, everything I’ve worked on has been related to women of the Bible.
Authors Who Have Influenced Me:
As a teen, I wanted to write like Erma Bombeck but felt I needed to write more like John Steinbeck. As a result, I struggled for years to find my voice.
I absolutely love the works of Isabella Alden and her niece Grace Livingston Hill. Both women showed me that story doesn’t have to be sacrificed in order to share the gospel. Tamara Alexander inspires me with her attention to detail in her historic fiction novels, and Caroline George amazes me with her incredible command of language.
When it comes to nonfiction, I find myself drawn to Herbert Lockyer for the way he packs so much information into his books on the Bible and presents it in such an easy-to-understand style.
Books I Have Written:
Years ago, I wrote a series of homeschool unit studies called Patchwork Primers as well as an activity book called Laid Back Learning. Now I’m excited to be working on Women of Prayer: Getting to Know God Through the Prayers of Bible Women.
What I'm Working On Now:
As soon as I complete Women of Prayer, I look forward to working on a companion novel to go along with it. It will be a contemporary ensemble story about a group of women in a Women of Prayer Bible study.