My best friend has a saying: “I write because I can’t NOT write.”
Anyone who has “the bug” knows exactly what that means. My first memory of unleashing the author within was in fifth grade. We were supposed to make a journal of our (imaginary, of course) experiences as pioneers on the Oregon Trail. I can’t remember ever being truly excited about a school project prior to that day. Once I realized how much fun it was to be someone else in a different place, a different time, and a different setting I was off and running. Not long ago, I was talking to one of my old school-mates and she said, “in pretty much every memory I have of you, you were buried in a notebook, writing one story or another.”
Maybe that explains why I so clearly remember many of my old stories but my actual high school days seem vague at best.
Then I grew up. I got a “real job” and all of the stress and garbage that came with it. I was doing everything the world said I should do and I wanted to cry at the reality of facing each day when my morning alarm rang.
Surely there had to be more to life!
Long story short (too late!), I went on a pilgrimage, of sorts. I met and married the love of my life. We were blessed with four extraordinary children. And somewhere along the way I realized that God had given me special gifts and it was because I was failing to use them to His Glory that I felt so lost. (Giving credit where credit is due – the hubs was huge in helping me figure that out!)
In 2011 I started blogging. It was the first writing I’d done in more than ten years and I knew immediately I was home. LazyHippieMama.com took me on a wonderful journey. Because of my blog I began to live a cleaner, healthier, more natural life. I discovered gardening and the wonderful world of back yard chickens. I connected with an international group of writers and I had the wonderful experience of writing professionally for the first time for such prestigious companies as Parade Magazine, Huffington Post and The Weather Channel.
My new network of friends led me to Nanowrimo, AKA National Novel Writer’s Month or Nano, for short. It was there, in November of 2013, that I wrote my first 50,000 word novel, More Things In Heaven And Earth. The next November I wrote books two and three of the series. After consulting with a few publishing professionals, I decided that it would be best to combine all three into one. I am super proud of the finished product and incredibly excited for the day it hits the bookstore shelves!
The book will still be the first in a series, but the series took on a life of its own. I’m excited to be in the midst of the next installment, which is turning out to be truly epic in scope!
My prayer is that every word I write will bring hope and inspiration into the world. The Bible tells us that, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God.”
Words are powerful!
Too often we cast them out, thoughtlessly.
I hope that through my books, my blog, and my every day life, my words point people to God. I don’t expect that everyone will worship exactly as I do, but I pray that we can take a moment from the busy-ness of our finite lives and marvel at the extraordinary wonder of God’s infinite glory, reflected in His awesome creation – both seen and unseen.
“Be sure to use the abilities God has given you through His prophets when the elders of the church laid their hands upon your head. Put these abilities to work; throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone may notice your improvements and projects.” -1 Timothy 14:14-15
I’d love to get to know you!
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