I grew up in a small town in Missouri. At the advanced age of nineteen my pastor, a kind and compassionate young man, took pity on my single state and asked me to marry him. No one told me not to, so I did. When our first two children, a son and daughter, were two and four years old, I went back to college. I graduated two years later, and then had another son. That was all a L-O-O-O-N-G time ago.
I’ve always been active in the churches my husband pastored, my biggest passion and involvement being with music–whether singing, directing, or accompanying. I am also an amateur ventriloquist and performed for local churches and civic groups.
I began writing when the kids were in elementary school and I was working full-time. After completing several manuscripts, entering and judging contests, attending a national conference, and garnering a lot of near misses and rejections, I put my pen on the shelf and focused on raising my three children and being the pastor’s wife.
Then I retired from teaching high school business and resumed my writing. Now I have the world by the tail. I can spend all the time I want spinning stories, going to visit the kids, or whatever I please. My goal is not, and never has been, to be rich or famous. I just want to write stories that give readers a sense of empathy and meet with God’s approval. What more could I ask?
I don’t have a regular critique group, but I have some friends who read my books and offer ideas. I also have a daughter who helps me plot and scheme, and two sons who answer questions. I am a member of ACFW and love to attend the conferences.
My idea of sheer luxury is to curl up with a good book and an icy cold .