I like to create. Put a guitar in my hand, and I hear a song in my head. Sometimes it comes out for others to hear.
Put a pen in my hand, and I will doodle. Put a pen in each hand, and I will write with both, just to see if I can do it. I can.
Put my eyes behind a camera, and I will freeze a moment in time.
Put my fingers on a keyboard, and I will write a story. I received an honorable mention SCBWI contest with the first novel (first draft). I was named a semi-finalist in the ACFW YA category one year, again with the revised first novel, and finalist the next year with my second novel.
Writing, like music, is my passion. I’m published in A Tennessee Folklore Sampler, and my story “Cal’s Place” has been published in three different editions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. I have interviewed hundreds of people, mostly celebrities–Charlie Daniels, Jenn Gotzen, Smokey Robinson, Michael W. Smith, Josh Turner, Richie Furay, Tony Orlando, plus a heavy weight boxing champion, a member of the mob, a child prodigy, and Sherri Shepherd.
Why? Because these people have a story to tell. Because they made a connection with God, and their lives changed. I am a scribe, a messenger, blessed beyond measure.
Like you, I have my own story to tell, but for now I will hold it in my heart.
I teach to support my writing and music habits, but I love working with people. I love people. I don’t agree with the methods of reaching students that our government has designed for public education, but I do believe God put me in a classroom for a reason.
I don’t believe “those who can do; those who can’t teach.” I believe those who can don’t always know how to teach. It’s easy to spout off information, but it takes a special person to teach. I think God made me a special person. I may not be the best writer or the best musician, but I do a pretty good job of loving people. I try to be transparent, even though I do have my flaws.
My greatest joy, other than my children, is working at a small music studio I own, Harmony House. I’ve waited a very long time to follow my dreams, but good things come to those who wait. Moral of the story? Don’t give up on your dreams. God has a way of making things work out.