It's no surprise, my love of writing stemmed from my love of reading. As a child, I gobbled up books faster than my mother could procure them from our local library. Weekly trips were made, cramming our bags full of titles from the children's book shelves, but I easily devoured them all long before the next visit. My mother, desperate to keep my appetite for reading satisfied, quickly steered me away from the shorter children's stories and introduced me to chapter books- Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew Mysteries. It wasn't long before I had expanded to many other series, including some that are still my favorites today: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Christy Miller Series, and eventually, the works of Jane Austen.
I began writing stories in high school. Fanfiction of all sorts, as well as original stories, welled up in my mind, begging to be let out onto pages. I wrote as I had time to. But I had other artistic aspirations. I wanted to be a ballet dancer. And a harpist. I trained for both, five days a week, plus performances on the weekend. Writing got pushed to the back burner. I gradually put aside my dreams of becoming a dancer also, and enjoyed a successful career as a harpist-for-hire and harp instructor. Then, my life took another turn; a romantic one. I met the love of my life, Moses Kai. Within eighteen months of meeting, we were married, and another nine months later we welcomed our first little one into our home. By the time we had been married five years, we had three children, all under the age of five! I gave up teaching and performing the harp so that I could be home full-time during their most formative years. I will never regret that decision; it has been such a blessing to be a stay-at-home mom and enjoy the time with my children.
Yet the creative drive still burned within me, urging me to do something with the vast stores of imagination I've been blessed with. In 2016, when our middle child was less than one, I came to an important realization: little children sleep a lot. Yes, while they are awake, they take tremendous amounts of energy to keep up with and care for. But they regularly take naps, sometimes multiple naps even, and they go to bed early. Therefore, after I got past the initial phase of total sleep deprivation, in which every nap time was spent by me joining them in slumber, and in which I went to bed as soon as they were asleep and the chores were all done for the day, I decided to stay awake for at least a small part of the time they were asleep. Stay awake, so that I might do something creative and fulfilling for myself during that quiet time. It was at that time that I began writing the first draft of Marriage and Ministry- a Pride and Prejudice Novel. I forced myself to finish one chapter per week, posting each new edition to Fanfiction.net. I never thought too much of it, except to enjoy it as a hobby. To my delight, I discovered that many people enjoyed my story, and they subscribed to read my newest chapter as soon as it was out, regularly posting rave reviews along the way! Soon, my story drew the attention of a writing agent, who asked if he could publish my book professionally. It was the first time I had thought of doing such a thing with this story. I spoke to my husband about the idea, and he readily encouraged me to pursue my dream of being a professional author. While I did not end up signing with that agent, I did begin revising my manuscript, making changes to some parts based on the feedback I had received, and going back to the original source, Pride and Prejudice, for further accuracy. After three years of editing, planning, and designing, I am finally pleased to present the finished product of Marriage and Ministry. The book is now available on Amazon.
My journey as an author is only just beginning, and I can't wait to share it with you all at every point along the way!