I am an author, writing teacher, speaker, and busy mom from the San Francisco Bay Area.
My book, Suddenly Single Mom: 52 Messages of Hope, Grace, and Promise was published by Worthy Inspired in March, 2016–my first book for women after years of writing YA.
Since getting serious about writing in 1995, I have written for publishers like Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, Standard Publishing, Walk Thru the Bible, LifeWay, and Guideposts. A few years ago, I had the fun of co-authoring Running with Roselle with blind 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson, which continues to receive encouraging feedback from both kids and adults (teachers especially enjoy this book). I have also contributed to Kathy Ide’s Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (21 Days of Grace and 21 Days of Love) and Ellie Claire’s devotional journal Just Breathe.
I belong to several writing and editing organizations, including Christian Editor Connection, Christian Author’s Network (CAN) and Inspire Christian Writers, and serve on the West Coast Christian Writers Conference Board. At the 2017 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, where I have served on the faculty and oversee Conference Connections (formerly called The Buddy System), I had the surprise honor of receiving the True Grit Award. How fun is that?
In my regular life, I am the mother of two incredible sons—one in high school and one young adult. Around here I am known as the aunt who makes things–knitted scarves, crocheted sachets, cookies, bread, essential oils room spray, body butter . . . anything that allows me to create something that doubles as a gift.
It might interest you to know that I am visually impaired and have been since birth. I was born with a rare vision disorder called Achromatopsia, which means that I have no color vision, am extremely light sensitive, and have visual acuity in the legally blind range. (For more information on this interesting eye disease, visit Achromatopsia.info) People often ask me to describe what I see. Although it’s difficult to make normally sighted people understand the light sensitivity and limited vision (which changes depending on how bright it is outside), this picture will give you a glimpse into how I see the world. Think of it as living in a black & white movie—beautiful in its own way.