I love old letters still folded neatly inside sixty-year-old envelopes. I love catchy quotes and words of affirmation left on sticky notes. I love to decorate with an oversized alphabet.
Because I love the written word.
Almost more than people.
Okay, I’m an introvert, so yes, if it’s a choice between lots of words and crowds of people ...
That can get to be a problem since I believe I am called to love people and use words. So rather than spend all my time hiding out with my characters inside a fictional world, I’m gonna poke my head into places where real people hang out.
Shout your name at me so I can get to know who’s out there. And since I have very little to say about coffee or hair products, maybe we’ll just bond over a mutual love of words . . . and people, ahem, don’t forget about people.
I’ve spent most of my adult life in ‘loving people’ boot camp. God has rationed out my written words and thrust me into a life of building beautiful relationships. He wouldn't let me become the quiet lady who works in the back of the library surrounded by words.
Instead, I’ve been growing a solid marriage and raising three amazing kids and meeting people all across the Southeast. My husband was a pastor for much of that time; now he is building Christian homes for orphans in Romania and introducing them to TBRI-based care. He travels a lot, giving him the adventure he needs and the solitude I need.
When we’re together, we play lots of Yahtzee and marvel at how great our kids turned out to be - and what all God did to get us here today.
God has filled me to overflowing with a work I never knew was waiting inside my brain. He’s wrought miracles inside my heart, freeing me from insecurities about self-expression and facing the unknown.
His Spirit has shown up repeatedly in songs I hear and scriptures I read that remind me of the struggles my characters face. And He's gifted me the opportunity to share that with readers facing the same challenges.
I have learned a new appreciation for the Father’s creative side, how He takes pleasure in the act of design regardless of His audience, but how He delights in someone appreciating his handiwork. I am in awe that Jesus, the Word, the Master Story Teller, is bonding with me - over words!
I will try to respond in a timely manner, but a little grace is appreciated!