love toying with what-ifs and making new ideas work onstage--or
storyline of a book.
a child I lived to pretend. Everywhere I went I
imagined I was a mom with children in tow. The
ordinary became extraordinary in my mind because of the million ways I
could embellish life.
mom gave me
for Christmas when I was 13, and immediately I began writing a
novel. Like many first attempts, I
never finished that project. However, a couple years later, I started writing
skits for youth
services, and down the road, I wrote and directed Christmas plays.
As a young
adult, I took a writer's
course from the Institute of Children's Literature
and was enthused over my handful of published stories.
romances were my
favorite genre to read, and I was certain I could write them too.
I enjoyed getting to
know characters in a longer work, and I found a special
connection with making lives richer through my imagination.
came easy, but when I mailed out those first proposals, I
discovered I didn't
handle rejection so well. Soon my manuscripts were buried in cardboard
boxes, along with my dreams of publication.
the years I continued
writing plays. I fell deeply in love
with the pageantry and beauty of the stage. There's nothing like hearing the words I've imagined
come to life as actors live in the story. It's like
a miracle. I
close my eyes and just listen. So far, I've been blessed
to have written and directed over 20 full-stage
few years ago, I began rewriting Winter's Past, a
story of 2nd chances. Winter's and Ty's
story blossomed and changed, deepening into a heartfelt, inspirational
journey. The day I held my first published book in my hands was
amazing. A dream come true!
Theater and I worked in Christian education for many years, so I wanted
to write a book about students who love theater. I added in medieval
time travel, friendship
dilemmas, and production experiences, and Stage Wars was born. It's
written with middle-school kids in mind, but adults seem to like it too.
And the writing journey continues. At heart, I'm a storyteller, fascinated by what-ifs
and drawn to lively, quirky characters whose stories must be told.
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