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. The first two books in my new middle grade series will be released from Moody Publishers in April 2021 (see obligatory jumping-in-the-air 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.
Book 1 Jack vs. the Tornado (April 2021)
Book 2 The Hunt for Fang (April 2021)
Books 3 and 4 (Summer 2022)