So who am I? I won’t try to answer that question in its entirety in the first blog.
I think the best place to start is to say that I am a lover of words at heart. From an early age, one could find me engrossed in a book, and like many of you, I had the flashlight under the covers reading away, long after my parents had called for “lights out.” When I was a junior in high school, I saw the movie Camelot and fell in love with the idea of using the power of words to move people, and so I headed off to college to pursue a career in writing.
However, I was soon to learn the truth of Proverbs 16:9: “A man’s heart plans his way, / But the Lord directs his steps.” I never lost my love for writing, but God used both my insecurities and my strengths to create a new passion in my life and thereby interrupt my original plans and take me on very a different journey – teaching in the California secondary public school system.
As many who have gone into teaching or mission work might tell you, though you go with the expectation to give, in reality, you receive so much more. So it has been in my case. What I have learned over the years through my students has both enriched my life and broken my heart. Without my students, I often wonder if I would have had much of value to share through my writing. However, because of them I have been able to write short stories over the years for Standard Publishing’s teen publications Straight and Encounter and have developed several story lines for young adult novels. God indeed knew what He was doing.
It is here that I need to thank WestBow Press and Parable for offering me the opportunity to have one of those novels published. Because of the recognition I earned through their Aspiring Authors Contest I am able to offer you the first of these novels – A Matter of Control.
Thank you again for spending this time with me. I am hoping over the coming weeks and months and years we will become even better acquainted. God bless you.