You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. –Madeleine L’Engle
Here’s a SparkNotes version of my story.
I am living a childhood dream: I work in a publishing house surrounded by books and people who love books.
As a senior developmental editor, I’m privileged to help nonfiction authors shape their books and realize their dreams of publication.
I understand how difficult it is for an author to hand their manuscript to an editor because I’m a writer too. My writing has been published in many places you might not know and some you might, such as Christianity Today, Think Christian, and Story Warren.
My writing for kids has been published in Ladybug, The Friend, and Sunday school curriculum. My new middle grade series has been accepted for publication by Moody Publishers (see obligatory jumping picture, below).
I believe words and stories should always offer hope. I find that hope in my love for my family, in time spent hiking the local forests, and in Jesus Christ, Lord of my life.
It’s amazing how high you can jump when you sign your first book contract. You’d think signing four at once would give you more height . . . but even your favorite pair of Converse has its limits.
It’s early in the publishing (and writing) process, but here’s an early series description:
The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine . . . but their 1990s suburban neighborhood isn’t all quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, Ruthie (and Midge!) find adventure in every creek and cul-de-sac—and God’s big love in one small neighborhood.
Tree Street Kids, Book 1 Jack vs. the Tornado (working title)
When you move to the suburbs, there are some things you just can’t pack—like your grandparents (for obvious reasons) and the best fort in the world. But Jack Finch has a plan to get himself back to his beloved farmhouse forever. Only three things stand in his way: a neighbor in need, a shocking discovery, and tornado season.
In draft stage but patiently waiting . . .
YA fantasy trilogy — Armed only with a few weird relics — including their weapon-wielding Aunt Esther — adopted siblings Asher, Quinn, and Gracie battle three folkloric entities from their countries of birth to save the people and place they call home.
Picture books — I have three in the works on the topics of habitat encroachment, loving a grandparent who’s forgetting, and irregular plurals.