When did you start writing?
I wrote poems and stories throughout my childhood, but I didn’t begin writing novels until I was 24.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by a lot of things… okay, everything. My students (teenagers) constantly keep my mind busy, and it helps that I teach social studies. History, politics, Biblical scripture, dreams, and random conversations have all had a part in my writing process as well.
Is writing your primary occupation?
Not yet. As of right now, writing is a hobby. I am most focused on my roles as wife and mother, but I earn money by teaching.
What inspired THE ELECT?
My first novel actually started as a dream. It sounds cliche, but it really did! I woke up, wrote down everything I could remember, and then bridged forward and backward until I had a novel. I hadn’t ever seriously written anything before, so this was a daunting process and took a couple of years.
Are you working on anything right now?
Currently, I’m writing the sequel to The Elect and have also turned most of my focus to children’s picture books, and it’s a blast. I love rhyming and world building on a small scale, especially when I get to incorporate topics that are important to me, like STEM and, of course, really cute little animals!
Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy?
When not teaching, momming, or wife-ing, I love working in my little garden, reading, hunting for caffeine, baking, and spending as much time outside as I can. Lastly, I LOVE travelling and going on roadtrips with my indulgent husband. Since we married in 2009, we’ve traveled all over the eastern US and to a few states out west. We’re perpetually planning our next roadtrip.