My work has appeared in corporate, inspirational, and fantasy settings. I contribute reviews monthly to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday and guest posts to various great resources below. My fantasy has also taken second place and semi-finaled in some great awards. I’m active in SCBWI, ACFW, Realm Makers, and am a graduate of the three-year Craftsman writing program with the Christian Writers Guild.
Using my background as a gemologist, years of corporate marketing expertise with a large, international consulting firm and volunteer youth ministry, I craft messages with depth and intrigue for tweens and teens, as well as adults. My YouTube series and blog, Thorn & Vine™, explores everything from insights from famous writers to historic jewel mysteries, to spots of beauty for today’s kids all with one goal in mind—spurring others to find beauty, not give up hope in the face of adversity. I help people connect with meaningful resources and stories to encourage others and make a difference.
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I’ve written a fantasy that combines my love for tweens and teens, interest in history, and knowledge of gems in the fractured fairytale/folklore vein for middle grade. I am seeking the right publisher for what I hope will be a great gem mystery series with a deeper message of resilience. It has won second place in the ACFW Keystone Great Beginnings Contest and was a semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest.
I spent years writing for the corporate world and have been published in industry publications, such as Ernst & Young’s Great Sales, State and Local Tax Report, Southwest Region State and Local Tax Report, AIM Program newsletters, Action Line for Actuarial Services, Tort Reform Update, Celebrating The Firm, and more than 15 newsletters, many press releases, proposals (RFPs), news releases, and advertisements. Here’s a sampling of newsletters, press releases, brochures, media communications, advertisements, articles, and RFPs (proposals). I had hundreds more, but they are lost to the fires!