I can do this

“I can do this.” In July of 2012, I found a local ACFW group and in August attended my first meeting. The president invited me to join them at the annual conference being held in Dallas the next month. I like people but I’m an introvert. I’m a writer who, most often, communicates much better on paper with the option of editing my words than verbally communicating where words cannot be extricated from the air or altered once released from…

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My First Conference

After college graduation in the spring of 2008, amidst kids, church obligations, and life’s little dramas, I tinkered with another manuscript; a family saga. I also studied, because a degree in English didn’t fully prepare me for the vast amount of information needed to launch a career in fiction writing. So my shelves began filling with reference materials on character development, plots, subtext, conflict & suspense, as well as those titles pertaining to the business of writing. And although I’ve…

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In the Beginning

“She has a big imagination.” These words have been used often to describe me as a child and I believe they were the beginning of my journey to publication. Long before I could write a single word, my mind was filled with stories. Several times, I loaded my dolls into my dad’s inoperable Rambler and took imaginary road trips to far away places. Other times, I became a lion who roamed the mountains looking for missing family members. One summer, I…

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Research for Plain Lies

In Plain Lies, the main character, Erin Galloway, inherits an equine boarding business from her father. I’ve always liked horses. However, I am a small town girl who enjoys the heartbeat of a big city, which means that writing this novel began with research and a road trip. One fall day in 2013, I went to Village Ridge, Missouri and toured Diamond Farms, a 650 acre ranch and equine boarding business. The owner graciously answered my numerous questions and allowed…

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“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.”

Habakuk 2:2

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