Powerful stories with a spiritual touch
Are you a Boomer carrying the accumulated baggage of your life?
If so, you’re not alone.
Many who’ve reached our age could say the same thing.
Maybe it’s just a carry-on you can easily toss into the overhead bin.
Or a bursting-at-the-seams suitcase you have to sit on to snap shut.
Whatever the case, the stories you find here just might help you…
And look up.
Where you can find the hope and healing you need.
Why I write fiction that heals
Okay, I know I’m supposed to write my bio in third person. But I like the personal touch of first person, and I’m grateful you’re here.
Plus, you can find more about my background here.
I’m just going to give you the nitty gritty that’ll give you a little insight into why I write speculative fiction that heals.
Since I’m not so young anymore, I’ve been a nurse for a long time. Over 35 years, in fact. Now, I haven’t spent all of that time in clinical settings. I spent the first 12 years in the ICU working with both children and adults.
Eventually, I got burned out from all that intensity—so I switched to working as nurse consultant in the insurance industry. But that only lasted for a year since I was often in hot water with my supervisor because I spent too much time trying to solve patient problems—which meant I didn’t move quickly enough through the phone que.
That was a pretty good indication that I needed to return to patient care.
I’d always been interested in hospice, since it seemed death and dying could be handled better than what I’d often encountered in the ICU.
That’s how I ended up stepping into the world of hospice and spending the next 15 years of my career there. It was a fabulous experience and I savored the privilege of working with patients at end of life and their families.
Working with death and dying every day changes you. It makes you realize how much we take for granted and changes your priorities about all kinds of things.
For me, one of those priorities was enjoying my relationship with my mom and caring for her as her health declined and through the end of her life. Since I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, I eventually decided to start my own business so I’d have more control over my schedule and be able to work from home.
Although it didn’t start as a writing business, a nudge from my mentor in a Christian Writer’s Guild (CWG) course sent me in that direction—and I’m sure glad he did. By God’s grace, I’ve been humming along as a freelance writer—largely working with healthcare content in one way or another—for over a decade.
But my dream of being a novelist as never gone away, and I’ve had just enough encouragement to keep me going. I’ve won awards for my fiction in various contexts—and my medical suspense novel, Despite An Oath, was a finalist in CWG’s Operation First Novel contest in 2012.
I was so excited! I thought I had my ticket to starting a new life as a successful novelist. But, as many on this journey have experienced, my agent couldn’t find a home for it within the traditional publishing world.
About that time, life intervened and I put my fiction aspirations aside as I focused on balancing work and family priorities. There’s a long story there about the blessing of those years with my mom and the support of my wonderful husband. The short version is that they have both been my unconditional cheerleaders who always encouraged me to hang onto my fiction dreams.
I don’t know if the experiences throughout my life have made me kind of intense—or whether I embraced them because I started out that way in the first place. Either way, the result is that I’m not interested in writing fluffy stuff.
Instead, I’d like to help people heal from their hurts through the vehicle of God’s love, mercy, and grace. Most importantly, I’d like to help them know Jesus as Savior before they die.
Since I have a very active imagination—which I attribute to my mom who turned me into a storyteller at a very young age—speculative themes that are meaningful fascinate me.
Which is how I ended up writing my current novel, Final Moment, about the last 60 seconds before death.
Here’s the back cover copy I’m planning:
“An abortion, a fight with her mother, and a fatal car accident. When 16-year-old Charlie Welks enters the last sixty seconds of her life, she meets a spiritual being named Final Moment who holds a mirror to her life and then leads her on a journey that changes everything.
Through the people she meets and a rescue named Dog, Charlie discovers long-held secrets; the trouble she’s still willing to cause; and what it means to know what’s ahead for someone facing death—but be forbidden to share it.”
I’m excited about what’s ahead for this story, and I’d love it if you’d join me. If you’d like to do that, you can sign up below.
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