Who was the person who most influenced you in your writing journey?
My mother is a writer. But more than that, she is an encourager. She was the kind of parent who allowed me the freedom to dream big and to pursue my passions, no matter how big or small.
One year, in sixth grade, I decided to run cross-country. Of course, I had Olympic-size dreams. When I think back to that stage, I chuckle. But what strikes me most is that my mother didn’t chuckle. Instead, everyday, she got on her bike and rode alongside me as I ran up and down the hilly country roads near our home. Without fail she pedaled by my side, her steady words always encouraging me.
The same is true of my writing journey. She’s pedaled alongside me all of these years, nurturing my creativity, never leaving my side, encouraging me, challenging me, giving me feedback, and always believing in me. Because she believed in me, I could believe in myself.
What message would you like your readers to take from The Preacher’s Bride?
Overall, I’d like readers to come away with the sense that the Christian walk won’t be easy. In fact, sometimes, it will be downright difficult. But those hardships are part of his plan in shaping us into the kind of people who love him simply for who is he is, not what he does for us.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
When God sent Jesus to this earth, he often had his son tell stories in order to share important truths and messages. I want to be one of God’s storytellers, bringing to life timeless truths and messages that can make an impact on lives today.
What do you do to get away from it all?
One of my favorite things is to take walks with my twin daughters and our dog. I love the time to be with my girls and just listen to them talk about everything on their hearts. Our walks are refreshing and the time together precious.