I love people, art, story, and travel. I guess my dream day involves swapping stories with a good friend while drinking a frothy latte outside an art gallery in an exotic foreign locale. I used to have days like that, but I am no longer a global adventure magnet. Funny, I sure didn’t start out that way either. But I’ve found that adventure is always out there, wherever you are, just waiting to be found.
I grew up in the town of Harmony on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with its booming population of 75 people, three million chickens, several dogs, and my two imaginary friends. It wasn’t until after college that my traveling lifestyle began. I’ve visited all 50 states, almost 50 countries, and six continents. (I’m holding at six continents – with no desire to add Antarctica to the mix.) I’ve even lived in several of those states and two countries in Eastern Europe.
After many years as a missionary abroad with Cru, I returned to the States. In the middle of reverse culture stress, I thought it’d be fun to throw a few more major life transitions into the mix, so I married the love of my life, Steve. And he helped me resurrect my childhood dream and start to write. I published a memoir of my time in Eastern Europe, and recently, a young adult historical fiction novel. Now I can’t stop!
Not too long ago, my husband and I relocated from the bustling San Francisco Bay area to a sleepy town in North Carolina. These days, I tutor writing at a small university where I recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Writing degree, while juggling several book projects. I’ve come full circle, minus the imaginary friends, that is.