About Me


I have been writing creatively for as long as I can remeber. My mom, God bless her, has a framed copy of a poem I wrote about Jesus at the ripe ole age of 6. I wrote a weekly feature's piece for my university newspaper about my adventure's abroad in London, and when the beautiful world of blogging boomed in the early 2000s, I started transferring my scratches of notes and God-given revelations on the World Wide Web.


I grew up reading all.the.time, and as early as high school, I knew I wanted to be a fiction author. For some reason, I thought I had to wait until I had "arrived" at a certain stage of life to start publishing, so I kept my work, most of which was unpolished and unfinished, buried in a gorgeous black trunk that decorates my living room. I was blessed to publish two shorter pieces of my work, but in my mind, I needed to be older to write serious fiction.


As I was completing graduate school, God nudged my heart that it was time to get serious about my dream. Since then, I have devoted my time to learning as much as I can about my craft and about the publishing world. I have attended writer's conferences and subjected my work to various opportunities for criticism and feedback. 


I aspire to write contemporary Christian fiction, to write about life events that are real and relatable. Life is not always pretty, but God is always good. I have experienced the the pain of loss and the heartache of unexpected outcomes. I know what anger and bitterness and unforgiveness look like. But I have found freedom in Christ, and I hope, through the power of story, my readers can encounter the grace and the power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. 


My first novel, Restless Heart, won first place in the 2016 Ignite the Flame contest for the Inspirational Genre, and semi-finaled in the 2017 ACFW Genesis contest. My second novel, Harvesting Love, was a finalist in the ACFW First Impressions contest (2017) and a winner in the short novel category for ACFW Genesis (2018). My latest manuscript, Knowing You, is currently under review. 

I am a member of ACFW and am represented by Jim Hart at Hartline Literary Agency

As a writer:
Latest Interests

Last fiction book I read:

Stay With Me

by Becky Wade


Last nonfiction book I read:

When God Doesn't Fix It

by Laura Story


What I'm listening to right now:

The Blessing

by Kari Jobe 


   As a wife,
daughter, sister
   & friend:
Most of the time, I'm just a regular Jane. I am married to a wonderful, supportive man who is my perfect complement. I don't mean to gush, but we have a pretty great life. Lucky for me, he also loves to read, and I'm thankful for the hours of honest feedback he has given me over the years.  In 2019, God gave us the miracle baby girl we'd spend a decade praying for, and we have an 80-pound Weimarenar, Rizzoli, who keeps us entertained.
I have a wonderful support system of family and friends. My husband and I are both on the prayer and ministry team at our church, and we are very involved in our church.
As a     professor:
I teach several writing-intensive courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at a local four-year, private university. I am continually blessed and encouraged by my students, and I am privileged to teach what I love.
My undergraduate degree is in English and Journalism. I have a Master's degree in English, with a specialization in linguistics, and my PhD is in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.
Courses taught: First-Year Composition, Advanced Grammar, Foundations of Technical Communication, Creative Writing, Introduction to Linguistics, Usage and Style, and Research Writing.

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