I love everything about books. I’m a voracious reader. The fragrance of a library or bookstore draws my attention. Books take me away in the company of new friends. That’s the gift I hope to share with readers: a story that entertains and engages you. I’ll meet you in Jerusalem, Seattle, or New Hope, Texas. I look forward to sharing the adventures to come with you.
I’ve been absent from my writing career for the past 3 1/2 years because of family obligations and am excited to be back in the book world of readers and writers again.
My writing career started at three-years-old when I added content to my favorite books with a crayon. Mom didn’t appreciate that kind of creativity. Mrs. Thompson, my third-grade teacher, provided the next milestone. Our grammar assignments included creating stories. Excellent marks encouraged my budding imagination. But the turning point took place in MacArthur High School’s English classes. I learned the art of essay writing. Once bitten, I never recovered.
I wrote stories for my children as a young mother. The tales disappeared in a divorce from an abusive first husband. Along with our physical survival, my dream to write survived. My writing stayed on the back burner until I met my husband, Greg. As luck would have it, Greg is an editorial writer, editor, and business consultant. With his encouragement, I stepped out of my comfort zone in 2000.
I spent five years writing Texas Panhandle and national issue editorials for the Amarillo Globe-News as an Amarillo Voices freelance member. The newspaper maintained a readership of over 400,000 readers. My published works next appeared in anthologies and blog posts on authors’ blogs. Then, I did ghostwriting for 2 ½ years. The international clientele hailed from the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Dubai, and England. Additional writing projects included collaborations with other authors and books of my own.
I’m best known for a Christian fiction series, Women of the Bible. Rebekah Redeemed and The Fisherman’s Wife were Amazon Bestsellers 26 weeks and 28 weeks running, respectively. Miriam’s Room and Mary’s Exile are the other two books in the series. The contemporary fiction includes Shelter from the Storm (published in 2010, the novel based on my story) and The Christmas Coach. My publishing career includes a total of 26 books both traditionally and indie published.
Now, I’m refocusing on new women’s fiction, historical fiction, and possibly mystery and a return to additional Women of the Bible. I’m also seeking ghostwriting and proofreading projects.
November 11, 2009 at 4:38 am
I’ll keep this short. I have a fantastic, exiting, very Godly, according the Holy Word, God-with-us autobiography. I’ve been told it’s wonderful. It’s called A View from the Mercy Seat and so the theme then is God’s mercy in light of man’s failure. As well I’m in the process of writing a sequil, but in fiction form; as the content digs into spiritual matters that warrent a cover, athough strictly adhering to the Word. Okay. Bottom line, my propostal is posted on ChristianManuscriptSubmission.com but I’m sensing that I need an agent. Where do go? Should I pull them off the itnernet: been there, done that. Oh, one more thing; I live in Canada.
November 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm
I’m not sure how it works in Canada, but in the US we have an organization called the AAR (Association of Authors Representatives). I imagine there is an organization similar to that in Canada. Check with any writer’s organizations in your area. Their member would be helpful. We also have a site called Editors & Preditors that you can look on to see if there are any complaints or problems. One piece of information I can tell you is never get involved with an agent who wants you to pay anything up front. Legitimate agents get paid when they place your book and get about 15% of your advance and royalties. Each year a publication is put out as a market guide to publishers that has a section about agents. I’d look at that. I hope this helps.
Best of luck,
November 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm
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