“I was with book as a woman is with child.” ~ C.S. Lewis

 

A shot B&WContrary to what Google says, I’m not an international airport. I’m a writer. I write so that I can turn off the movies in my head at night and get some sleep.  I have pads of paper by my bed, in the car, in my gym bag, and in the shower (water proof!) because inspiration never strikes at convenient times. For a couple of decades, I focused on writing funny skits for schools and camps or narrations for choirs and church holiday events.  In 2011, I had a dream that turned into my first full-length novel.  Since then, I can’t keep up with all the ideas!

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel three continents, stopping to live in Scotland as a child and Guatemala as a young adult. Now, I’m in Oregon with my adoring husband, my brilliant son, my vivacious daughter, my surly black cat named Gypsy (after my scifi series), and my distractingly cute dog named Rolo (after a favorite candy).

When I’m not writing, I’m reading, singing, teaching myself to play the organ, home schooling, volunteering in the community, or attacking that mound of laundry that refuses to fold itself. And don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I putz away a half hour here or there playing “Candy Crush Saga” or “Bee Brilliant” on my kindle. I know. Shame on me. I should be writing!!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00025]NEW RELEASE: Ancients of Drandsil and the Circle of Law

A terrifying attack by giant buyu birds plunges two orphaned sisters, Marki and Isbi, into the world of legends. They discover that the Ancients–men and women who live for centuries and control the elements–are real! What’s more, a rising conflict between the Ancients and the despotic Regent Maid threatens to destroy the very land that makes up their world. To survive and save the people they love, Marki and Isbi will have to embrace their Gifts and the Circle of Law.

With action and romance, tyranny and tremendous mystic powers, this novel is “more than an adventure–it inspires!” Teens and adults who loved Narnia will find this tale refreshing, clean, and full of deep human insights.

One of my greatest passions is supporting other indie authors.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of writing all these books is the connection I’ve made to the independent author community.  What an amazing bunch of people.  There is a huge amount of talent, and an even huger amount of heart. I’ve been helped along the way, and now I want to turn around and help others learn the ropes of indie publishing.  It’s a great ride, and the wave is getting bigger.

CIRlogowithbookOf all the things I have accomplished, the creation of Clean Indie Reads is probably the thing that makes me most proud.  Basically, it’s the world’s best data base of Flinch-Free Fiction. As of 2016, we even have the CIR Strong Award to honor authors who go the extra mile to help their peers.

I also read voraciously and have an annual Top 10 list of the best indie books I find. Check them out!