“I write stories that spark wonder, fuel curiosity, and craft worlds that help kids find their place in this one.”
That’s what I came up with when a VERY PROFESSIONAL AND ORGANIZED writer friend challenged me to come up with a “writer statement” to describe what my work.
After lots and lots of hemming and hawing (I hate to be pinned down!) and even more thinking and drafting and asking and re-reading what I wrote, I came up with the sparking wonder bit. Sounds a little lofty, but I dig it. So I’m sticking with it, for now.
But that doesn’t tell you much about me, which is maybe why you stopped by, so, here’s that:
I’m a writer, a mom, a church-staffer, and a huge fan of pit bulls.
I’m a writer because I write (duh!), but also because writing is the lens through which I see the world. I caught the writing bug from Shel Silverstein when I was seven years old, and I’ve never looked back.
I’m a mom. I’ve got three funny, creative, smart, curious kids–a son and daughter in high school and another son middle school. (That picture’s a little dated.) I love them to pieces.
I’m a pit bull fanatic. I love all dogs, but pit bulls have my heart. Too many people still think pits are dangerous and scary. Because of this, millions (millions!) of them sweet pits have died in shelters (maybe even this year alone!).
I’m also a church-staffer. While some people imagine working at a church sounds Very Serious, I can tell you: we laugh a lot. Too much, maybe. Nah.
And I’m also a wife to a pretty great guy. He likes to think different and push back and although he’s a math/finance guy, he’s is a darned good copy editor (if you find errors here, it means he hasn’t read this).
Here’s more about me from my more official bio:
In my wild and wooly and wandering career, I’ve written ten books, including the Generous Kids series (Beaming BooksSparkHouse Family), and hundreds of blogs and magazine articles. My work has appeared in Aleteia, Sojourners, Christianity Today, Relevant, FamilyLife,ThinkChristian, and Engineering and Mining Journal (yeah, you read that right). I used to be a magazine (and then blog) editor (I still edit books on the side). I’ve lead workshops and spoken at conferences and church groups across the country. I was also once a producer and co-host on Moody Radio’s Midday Connection with Anita Lustrea and Melinda Schmidt. I serve as the Director of Care and Worship Planning Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. And a long, long ago, I earned a B.A. in English from Calvin College and once attended the University of Chicago’s publishing program. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my husband, Rafael, our three kids, one rescued pit bull, and three rescued guinea pigs.
I’m represented by Adria Goetz of Martin Literary.