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A Boring Obligatory Bio

Much of my life has been spent with worry. Story came naturally to me very early. In preschool, I was already making stories before I could write them down. When I was still very small, I knew I wanted to be an author. As I grew older, I learned that this was not as simple as sitting down and putting words on a page. A lot of people told me the same two things: Don’t stop writing but don’t bother to try to publish. Although I tried to listen to this advice, there was a continuous pricking in my heart. Maybe when I am old and gray and retired. I began to worry about things like college and work, and I still wrote, but I couldn’t talk about it with anyone. It was a “weird” hobby. I was afraid of what others thought because nobody took me seriously.

During a transitaional time in my life, I learned about independent publishing. In that moment, a darkness illuminated in me. I looked up and said, “Okay God, what do you want me to do? If you want me to write seriously, you have to do this with me and show me what to do. I can’t do this alone.” I looked my fears in the face, and I let them talk to me. This was when my life began to shift. It was two years of unending change. Painful changes, and hurtful words. They still hurt, but since then I have also accomplished a grand scale of things that I never expected to do. You see, I had to be made small in order to completely understand how big my Lord is. I had to be shrunk down so that I could rest more peacefully at his feet.

I don’t have a very exciting “professional” biography to boast about. College, for me, was a constant unbalance and a warring of practicality and calling. In the end, I walked away with a million more credits than I needed for my meager Associates in Arts degree (mainly with English courses). At work, I have worn many different coats professionally, but none have been fought for so fiercely as Author. Today I am content to be me. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a cousin, a teacher, a construction reporter, and Lord willing, I will be an author.

Adventure and suspense are the spice to every story, but I’m also overwhelmed by God’s creativity and vast love. I want to make it possible for book-loving introverts like myself to find fantastical and adventurous literature that also shows the value of living a God-glorifying life.

Besides writing, I enjoy the occasional Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Arthurian and Celtic mythology, Reformed theology, critters of all shapes and sizes, coffee and tea, and the great Michigan outdoors. There are three cats in my household, but Jemma is my purr baby (you can follow her on Instagram #jemmananigans). In all the moments in-between work and writing, I also enjoy gardening and crochet.

Three Things I believe:

1. I believe in Jesus Christ, the third person of the Holy Trinity, as my personal Savior and Lord.
2. I believe we are each given unique spiritual gifts that can be used for His glory.
3. I believe that creative writing can be God-glorifying and edifying, be not just “fun.” Literature can serve a greater purpose: to inspire others to make Godly choices and model themselves after uprightness.

Look up, little ink lizards, and rest warm at His feet.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

Credit and shout-outs to:

MV Photography for my profile picture.
Pixabay for some occasional images.
Images for the seasonal “Have-Read” list blog posts’ book covers are obtained from Goodreads or Amazon.

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Are Fantasy Novels Worth Our Time? (Guest Post over at The Word After)