Why I Started Writing:
When I was very young, I asked for a typewriter for Christmas. I can still remember the awe I felt as I looked at the beautiful keys. I planned to write amazing stories!
Fast forward to high school speech classes. I was excited to begin learning (I am still learning) the nuts and bolts of expressing myself through words—written and spoken.
For many years, writing was purely personal. A way of expressing thought and emotion I dared not share. As God has grown me in every way, I recognize the gift He has given me. I no longer write to express myself—I pursue writing to honor Him.
Who Influenced My Writing:
My first speech class teacher, B.B. Hall. She taught the power of words.
E.B. White and Charlotte’s Web, my childhood favorite book. I checked this book out of the school library until my mom gifted me one Christmas with my own copy. Oh, joy!
My husband, Tommy. I’ve watched him masterfully create sermon after sermon for thirty-six years. He has encouraged, taught, helped, and believed from the beginning.
Books I Have Written:
I have written three books in the middle-grade series, The Crumberry Chronicles. Titles, in order are: The Wish I Wished Last Night, Battle Buddies, and the most recent release, 624 Juniper Street.
My first work of nonfiction, Sweet Moments: Insight and Encouragement for the Pastor’s Wife, released in 2019.
My first picture book, I Know What Grandma Does While I’m Sleeping, released in 2019.
High-Water Hattie, my second picture book, released in 2020.
I have contributed to numerous books, including The Mighty Pen, Stupid Moments, Short and Sweet, Short and Sweet Too, and Guideposts The Joy of Christmas.
What I'm Working On Now:
When I completed 624 Juniper Street, I was certain it would be the final book in The Crumberry Chronicles. I was wrong. Just a week after it released, the beginnings of book four took form.
I am also working on my third picture book, Charlie and the Rose Bush. I’ve had the pleasure to work with illustrator Courtney Smith on all picture books. She is truly gifted!
Another book I'm working on is The Names of God for Kids, which will be released in 2021.