I haven’t always been a writer. At nine years of age, while listening to the church pianist play a beautiful prelude, I said to myself, "That‘s so pretty. I want to do that someday." One day after many years of lessons and music study, I did become a church pianist—and a piano teacher for thirty years. Here it is fifty-four years later and I still serve as a church musician. I play piano, bass guitar, and soprano recorder. I sing, though my musician husband is the real singer. That Sunday morning at nine years of age, I don't know if God planted a seed in my heart, or if he recognized my love for the piano and granted me the desires of my heart. Either way. it's been very rewarding and fun.
One day in 2011 after returning from a morning fitness walk I was in the kitchen preparing my morning cup of hot cocoa and writing stories in my head...again. They had been running through my mind for weeks...my own stories. I was preparing to take my cup of cocoa and writing materials to the front porch when I heard a voice whisper, "Write your stories." I stopped in my tracks and stood very still. I whispered back, "What?" The voice said, "Write your stories." I recognized God's voice in my spirit and I replied, "But Lord, I can't write. Don't you remember that English class I had in college? Remember all the red marks and negative comments from my teacher? I barely passed." Seriously, I had never once given even a single solitary thought to writing—until God told me to, never mind that class experience.
On September 2, 2011, I penned my first words to my first book, Mornings on the Porch. I haven't stopped writing since. God filled me with a new passion—first music then writing. It's a lot of work but brings me a whole lot of joy! My passion to write has seen me through four non-fiction books so far. I'm currently working on a piece of fiction, as well as a new non-fiction idea.
I'm a wife, mom and grandmother and and even a great-grandmother. Aside from writing and music performance, I enjoy reading, knitting, crochet, fitness walking, and rambling walks for photo taking in the nearby countryside. I enjoy being at home, and enjoy quiet evenings with my husband. We live in North Dakota and share a home with our English bulldog Melody and silver tabby cat Merri. They have appeared in my writings.
My journey continues and I'm eager to share it with you.