My work has appeared in corporate, inspirational, magazines, colleges, and fantasy settings. I’m a contributing writer for Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine, write for KidLit Craft blog, provide book reviews to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, and have written guest posts for various resources and blogs below. My fantasy has also taken second place and semi-finaled in some great awards. I’m active in SCBWI, Blue Ridge Writers Conference, Realm Makers speculative writers, West Coast Christian Writers, ACFW, and am a graduate of the three-year Craftsman writing residency program with the Christian Writers Guild.
Thorn & Vine Blog
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.
Guest Appearances and Posts
- Guest on The Story Biz podcast discussing the mystery of Baby Yoda, The Mandalorian, fantasy writing and characters with authors Brock Eastman and Christopher Miller – or here on Facebook for the video
- Contributing writer for Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine, February 2020 issue Truth Pursuer – Treasure Deep Within science devotional about diamonds and gems Click for PDF.
- The Write Conversation blog with Edie Melson, The Hidden Gem of Time – Four Tips For Encouraging Glimmering Words
- KidLit Craft post How Attending A Book Launch Can Improve Your Writing Craft
- To see highlights of Northwest Christian Writers Association, go HERE,
- Fox News 29 San Antonio, Hope Can Come After A Tragedy,
- KidLit Craft post Picking The Right Writers Retreat.,
- Helping people in a Crisis, FB interview, Rev Misty Tyme following wildfires in summer 2018.
- Upgrade with Dawn, How to Encourage Your Friends In Dark Times
- Loretta’s Loft, with Loretta Eidson, Sweet Sayings for Difficult Moments This Christmas
- The Forgiveness Solution Podcast, Situational Forgiveness
- The Garden of Dreams with Dawn Kinzer, Beauty Echoes in the Abbey
- Shine Beyond with Ralene Burke, Confessions of An Adventure Writer Who Disdains Change
- Seriously Write, How To Only Share Your Written Gems, Not The Rough
- Fear Warrior Blog with Jerusha Agen, Leap of Courage
- Upgrade with Dawn, Your Life Makeover, Are You Ready?
- Seekerville, The Power of the Right Turn
- Littworld, Under The Robes
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!