I learned to write my alphabet with a fountain pen. In Kindergarten. Maybe that’s what started my love for writing. It’s not every day a five-year-old learns the correct rules on dealing with ink splotches, how to hold her pen, or how to replace cartridges before she even understands 1+1=2.
I started journaling at age nine and thus began my habit of communicating via pen and paper more than spoken words. I never decided to become a writer. My brain simply classified it as a necessity to life, like bathing, eating, and sleeping.
Not many people took my writing seriously, so I kept it to myself a very long time. I didn’t share my books with anyone who didn’t seem supportive or bound to love them. Through my Junior year of college, God urged me to pursue a vision behind my writing. The moment I started the pursuit, He provided the vision. My writing has never been the same since and the stories behind how I got where I am are nothing short of miraculous. Yet, even with vision, it took me a long time to grow bold enough to share it with others.
In 2010, I moved to Missouri for graduate school. One autumn evening, a young man approached me at a small game night get-together and said, “I saw you have a blog. I’ve been reading it and..you’re an awesome writer!”
I married him.
Since then, he’s encouraged me practically every day to, “Go write, Honey.” He promoted my writing with unveiled enthusiasm, so I prayed on a little more backbone and forced out author confidence. Surprisingly enough (or is it?), people ended up being a lot more supportive and encouraging than I’d previously imagined them to be. My writing became public and God blessed it.
We now live in a mountainous valley on the border of two states where winter overtakes nine months of the year. Through God’s provision, I am a stay-at-home author, currently working on book two of my dystopian series. The first book, A Time to Die, is contracted with Marcher Lord Press, the leading publisher of speculative fiction. (If speculative fiction sounds like a different language to you, read my blog post for a definition.) I will have a release date to share soon.
Editing and Writing Qualifications:
I earned my bachelor’s degree from Biola University in Communication Disorders with a minor in Biblical Studies. Between Biola and graduate school, I traveled to York, England and attended a Bible College for a semester, allowing the euphoric aura from different countries to permeate my imagination. In 2012, I completed my Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Through the seven years of schooling, I completed elective classes in Creative Writing and provided editing services for term papers and theses to colleagues (I’m now thoroughly sick of, though quite proficient at, APA format, phew!).
Once finished with school and under the provision of a supportive husband, I spent the next year writing. Four times, I’ve attended the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference. I’ve been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) for three years, during which I placed first in the ACFW Ohio Hook Me Contest. I was greatly involved in the ACFW Critique Loop and provided occasional full-manuscript edits per request (one of which went on to get published). I am a member of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, The Bestseller’s Society (highly recommended), and I am the sole reviewer of a Christian Book Review Site geared toward teen readers and their parents, providing Christian reviews of speculative fiction novels.
My goal in freelance editing is to help writers move forward with their manuscripts, encourage increasing imagination, and offer the talents with which God endows me for this life.