My Life

Who’s the real person behind the author?

Well, hopefully in the following questions you’ll be able to learn a little bit more about me on a personal level. If you have a question that I don’t answer here, feel free to email me the question or ask it over on Facebook. (I might just add your question with my answer to this page!)

Do you have any pets?

I have one dog, a Golden Retriever, named Annabelle. And then I have five kitty-cats who are like spoiled little children.Their names are Patriot, Petunia, Liberty, Toby, and Jaxson. But they answer to any type of baby-talk. Of course, I allow them to rule the house and run wherever they wish (even on the kitchen counters!).
IMG_2909My four babies

Other than writing great novels, what other goals do you have for your life?

Since I’m in the midst of raising a busy family of five children, I want to enjoy my family and raise my children to glorify God. That’s a HUGE task right now and takes up most of my time and energy when I’m not writing.

Someday I hope to be able to take naps again. But until then, I dream about the day!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time? What’s that? *Grin*

No, seriously. When I have a minute or two to myself, I love to read! I’ve taken to using audio books as a way to squeeze in more reading, especially while I’m doing house chores or exercising.

Also, I’ve taken up running with my teen daughter (although she’s far surpassed me now in her abilities!).

What’s one thing you wish you knew how to do really well?

I wish I knew how to be a photographer and take really good pictures! Most of mine come out fuzzy or blurry or with the wrong lighting. I’d love to take a class or at least have someone tutor me in the basics of photography and become more skilled at it.

What’s your favorite Ice Cream?

Oh my absolute favorite ice cream is an ice cream cake that I make on occasion, usually for birthdays. The cake has a layer of crushed Oreos on the bottom, followed by any kind of ice cream (cookie dough or chocolate chip are both good), a layer of fudge, then a layer of whipped cream, and finally topped with mini-chocolate chips and Oreo crumbs. It’s to-die-for!

What’s your dream vacation spot?

I’ve always wanted to take a research trip to England or Germany and visit castles. I adore everything Middle Ages – the times of knights and castles – so I’d love to visit as many as of the old fortresses as I could.

What’s the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

During my sleep deprived days when all of my five children were under the age of ten, I went shopping for clothes at Kohl’s. As I was walking through the store pushing the double stroller and corralling my other kids, I happened to look down at my feet. I realized I was wearing two completely different shoes!

What was your faith journey like as you grew up?

I grew up a PK– a pastor’s kid. My dad was a Lutheran Pastor. And I grew up in the church. Not literally, of course. We usually lived in a parsonage, often one that was next door to the church. My life centered around attending Sunday School and church, reading the Bible, and attending catechism classes. Have you ever seen the movie Footloose? Well, I ended up being a tad bit like the pastor’s rebellious daughter in Footloose. Just a tad.

And only for a couple of years.

Yes, I went through a period of being a stupid moronic idiot.

And now that I have teens of my own, I realize exactly just how stupid and moronic I was, especially when it came to thinking I knew better than my wise and extremely loving parents.

Thankfully, my parents loved me through it all. Prayed for me without ceasing. And when I finally made it to the other side during my first year of college, I was a stronger person because of it. I came back to the Lord whole-heartedly. Even though I’ve had ups and downs since, God is faithful and I’m delighted I can use my talents for his glory.

What is your favorite Scripture verse?

Among many, here’s one I aspire to live by: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecc. 9:10) I believe in working responsibly and hard with the gifts we’ve been given.