Christianity hasn't been tried and found wanting. It hasn't been tried. --G.K. Chesterson
I am a health writer, blogger, novelist and poet who enjoys exploring Christian topics and my native Texas history. I have a rascally cat and handsome husband of more than 20 years who live with me in the Houston area.
Life has a way of thwarting all of our best-laid plans. My life is testament to God's steadfastness no matter how many twists our decisions and circumstances make.
As a child, I was a hypochondriac. Then, I married into a family that owned a health food store. Soon, I had to learn about all aspects of health until my days of worrying over my own symptoms were over.
I grew up in a college town in West Texas, flat country where the mesquite dots the landscape and tumbleweeds blow. This year marks my 28th of living in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. The trees surround us so that the only way I can feel some wide open spaces is to drive one of the hundreds of overpasses on our crowded highways.
In 2014, my mother was diagnosed with ALS, to which she succumbed in 2018. In this toughest chapter of a life riddled with health challenges, my family is learning the greatest lessons about leaning on God's love. As I share what we learn, I hope to use my writing for God's purpose.
Thanks for joining me on this journey. I look forward to hearing from you.
What I Write
I have nine, self-published novels with Christian themes. I also write poetry, as well as lyrics (for fun). My day job requires me to write on health-related topics, which I have done for several national trade magazines in the health foods industry. My blog, _Good Christian Fiction, is my attempt to share the Word and write about what it means to be Christian in this modern world. I also share occasional tips on the writing craft.
Why I Write
I have a Master's degree in creative writing, have taught creative writing at the university level, and have received several writing awards. I am a published poet, health writer and self-published novelist. I am motivated by the idea, as G.K. Chesterton put it, that "Christianity hasn't been tried and found wanting. It hasn't been tried."
I operate under the assumption that, except for a very few deal breakers such as the acceptance of Christ as our Saviour, our loving God takes all comers. I was baptized in a Southern Baptist church, attended Baptist and Church of God denominations growing up, and now attend a Church of Christ. I enjoy Christian writers like Philip Yancey, Charles Martin, and Randy Harris. I learn much from Christian speakers like Rick Atchley and Andy Stanley.
I enjoy studying Christian topics, but I also have a strong interest in history and culture. I have done period re-enactments as well as volunteering for events that support my Western heritage, like the National Cowboy Symposium.
I believe God gives us all talents to use for His kingdom. My greatest prayer is that I am using my gifts as He intends.