For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed my most vivid dreams with my eyes wide open. Names became people: People who didn't exist but were as real to me as my family and friends, people who woke me at night to tell me their struggles and triumphs, people who lived out faith that overcame and who extended and received grace that restored. So I did the only rational thing—I gave them a voice by writing fiction.
I write contemporary and historical fiction with a romantic thread. My stories, whether set in modern times or during the French and Indian War, delve into betrayal and reconciliation, and faith and grace, and always involve cultural communities. I'm represented by The Steve Laube Agency.
In 2015, I had the honor of contributing to a nonfiction book, Not Alone: A Literary & Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility & Miscarriage, which released on December 1.
I've always been a grammar nerd. Read a word once and could spell it again without a second thought. Abhorred dangling, squinting, and misplaced modifiers. (Yet I love employing comma splices and clipped sentences for effect—go figure.) So I became an editor. For nine years, I combined my love of medicine and English by working as a medical editor.
In 2012, I left my job and started freelancing. I now work for publishing houses in addition to running Avodah Editorial Services, which offers editing, proofreading, and manuscript critique for fiction and nonfiction. In 2015, I co-authored 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, which released on December 1.
If you're looking for an editor or proofreader—or if you just want to talk writerly stuff—I'd love to hear from you!