Be it Manifest Destiny or the conquered foe, history croons a haunting ballad, drawing us to the wonderment of past lives and lands. This is why I weave the proud and sordid truth through the fiery characters of my mind to take you, the reader, on an unforgettable journey — a journey through tragedy, secrets, regret, and undeniable grace. I get excited when I discover some pocket of American history left out of the schoolbooks. That’s where you’ll find me these day – digging in and turning one of those pockets inside out.
After twenty-five years at the front of a high school classroom, I began a second career teaching music part time and writing freelance. I saw a good deal of success, selling more than 200 articles in two years and writing children’s curriculum. I even wrote several picture books, one of which earned a pre-published award. Then God stretched my mind and heart. He had more for me.
Why not write what I love to read?
I dared to step out and begin writing Historical Fiction. If I could no longer guide minds and hearts into discovery from a teacher’s podium, I would do it from the pages of a book.
So HEART OF HISTORY was born.
My first published book (a Bethany House anthology) debuted in 2016. I’ve completed four novel manuscripts and keep busy in the interim teaching music and leading worship at my church. I also speak to women’s groups and teach writing workshops for area libraries and writers’ organizations.
Big families, country life, fireplaces, snow, and the Amplified Bible all hold a special place in my heart. When life slows a bit, you’ll find me with my saxophone, fiddle, or at the piano. And if I’ve just finished a manuscript, I treat myself to making a quilt!