Writer, Speaker, Blogger

Ever since I was in the third grade, I have been writing, anything and everything, from poetry to short stories to inspirational true stories to novels. My dream was always to be a writer, and I thought that would be enough. But in recent years I have realized that a much earlier goal – changing the world – can be combined naturally with my writing.

My first book, “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven – One Woman’s Trip to Africa: My Story”, was published by Life Sentence Publishing in December 2012. This memoir tells the story of my mission trip to Kenya in 2006 - how it changed how I look at life and how I look at the God I love and serve. After the book was published, I was drawn to return to Kenya, where my daughter had already decided to start a nonprofit organization to help the people we had met there.

In the fall of 2008, when my kids were both away in college, I wanted to give them a Christmas devotional. When I couldn’t find the right one, I wrote one myself.  It took a while for me to publish it, but “The Christmas Story in 40 Days” finally came out in November 2013. The follow-up devotional, “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”, was released a year later.   

My first novel, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”, was inspired by my experiences in Africa and was published in 2017. The story behind my latest novel, “The Truth Beyond the River”, had been in my head since I was in junior high when a news story occurring close to where I lived captured my interest.

I’ve recently started writing a series about a group of special agents and am working on another devotional as well as a memoir about my sister Pat.