First, because I know you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “Why-trup.” (The question I’m asked most often.)
The opportunity to write is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Through the tumultuous years of my childhood, I lost myself in the stories I read. There, in the world of fiction, I escaped the trauma I faced and found a place of safety and rest. Now, I’m the one writing stories I pray provide a place of hope and comfort for others.
My debut novel, Words, released in 2011 and set me on the path of writing women’s fiction woven around issues many women face, myself included. While Words was loosely based on my childhood, not all my novels are inspired by my own life story. Although, I have written about other issues I’ve struggle with. Regardless of the issue I’m addressing, I work to make my characters emotionally layered, conflicted, yet infused with hope, and sometimes humor. Just like us.
My next book, Convergence, set to release in 2019, marks a transition from the women’s fiction genre to the suspense genre. But for those of you who’ve enjoyed my women’s fiction titles, not to worry, Convergence will include the elements of hope and healing my novels are known for, along with a setting that reflects the granduer of creation.
When I’m not writing, I speak, coach writers, critique manuscripts, design websites for authors, and make vintage-style jewelry for my Etsy shop, Storied Jewelry. I also act as companion and servant to Bear the Entitled Pomeranian.
I love spending time with my two young adult sons, Justin and Jared, my daughter-in-law, Stephanie, or with the small circle of dear friends who enrich my life in so many ways. If I can spend time outdoors or gathered around a food-laden table with those I love, it’s even better.
I’d love an opportunity to get to know you a bit too. Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a little about yourself.