Beyond my understanding, God has blessed my life with love. Writing is my way of giving back to Him and to those He has placed in my life. I invite you to join me on my journey.
Psalm 16:5-6 says “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
I’ve always loved books, but only became actively involved in writing in 1989, when an author gave a presentation at our local library. That same year, a number of us chartered Carlton Trail Writers, which met until 2005.
My first short story was published in 1991, a Christmas story in the Mennonite Brethren Herald. The following year a friend and I compiled and co-edited a church history book—360 pages in four months. That was an adventure.
I began work on my historical fiction project in 1999. Calm Before the Storm came out in 2002, Eye of the Storm in 2003 and Out of the Storm in 2004.
I work on a MacBook Pro, the 15 inch model, and I love it. This wonderful machine, along with wifi, iPhone and iPod, Kindle, Social Media, learning about indie publishing, etc., makes me feel like I’m hanging onto the bumper of the speeding car of technology. I can’t let go or I’ll never catch up, and it’s a bumpy ride. Thanks to friends who come to my aid now and then, I’m able to navigate new twists and turns in this techno road when necessary.
Besides writing historical fiction, I’ve also crafted some devotionals, inspirational pieces and book reviews, and put in many hours of editing, mentoring, and speaking (workshops, presentations, readings). My first contemporary fiction manuscript awaits publication, and I’ve just completed the sequel to my fourth historical novel, Other Side of the River. The sequel is titled, In a Foreign Land.
Some of my other writing involvements:
- local writing group WritersInk
- InScribe Christian Writers Fellowship
- SWG (Saskatchewan Writers Guild)
- ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
- The Word Guild—connecting, developing and promoting Canadian writers and editors who are Christian
- Carlton Trail Toastmasters (ACS-CL) from 2003 – 2011
I grew up in southern Alberta, one of three siblings, in a caring, stable family. Some of my favorite pastimes were horseback riding, reading and playing the piano. My dad was my hero and my mom remains my greatest fan.
I was blessed to be taken to church and Sunday School, and to learn and observe the importance of Biblical values. At eight years of age, at the encouragement of my brother, I accepted Jesus into my life. He has always proved faithful.
I attended Bible College in Saskatchewan from 1972-75, where I met my future husband. We married in 1975, moved to the farm in east-central Saskatchewan, and raised our three children there. Our children are all married to wonderful spouses and have blessed us with eleven amazing grandchildren.
My husband and I enjoy our usually quiet life on the farm where we raise organic alfalfa. We also own a herd of beef cattle. We enjoy being involved in our local church and community in various capacities.
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