More About Me

Though I have been a freelance magazine writer since high school, my dream has always been to write novels. I also dreamed of motherhood, however, and that dream came first.

For several years, I wrote occasional articles and published short scripts through Lillenas Publishing House, one of which still emits royalties. I also spoke and acted at various events and conferences. When I thought my family might be ready, I ventured to publishing waters with just one toe: a small Midwestern, but traditional publisher. In October of 2006, my childrens' book Christmas Turtles debuted to five star reviews from the Midwest Book Review as well as newspapers across the country. For several months, I traveled around the Midwest visiting schools and speaking at conferences. That spring, my oldest son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome so another book did not follow.

Since that time, I have once again focused on motherhood where I mastered the gluten free/dairy free diet as well as other therapies. As a result, my son now excels in both school and social circles. Last year, he landed the role of Pig Pen in the local high school production of Charlie Brown Christmas even though he was only in the fifth grade. I could not be more proud of his success. He also received two solos in the spring concert.

During the last several years, I clung to my writers critique group for both mommy moral support and a lifeline to the publishing world. Without the worry of a paycheck hanging over my head, however, I let my imagination soar and decided to write as I've always wanted to write: fun, action packed sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk novels. I reviewed for under the name E.M. Effingham where (among other jobs) I got to review three seasons of LOST, including the finale. I hope to once again go forward with publishing in the near future, but for now I hope that you enjoy my blog. I began this blog when Christmas Turtles was still fresh on my mind, but plan to reinvent it *soon* as a chance to socialize and network with other authors. I continually learn from their experiences.