I pay my bills by working as an administrative assistant for the Wauwatosa School District. I've been there for over a decade. My free time is spent working on my house that I share with my sister and best friend Karen, who is also my biggest fan.
I have an associates degree (almost) in Building Preservation, that I received from Belmont Technical College. I spent five years in Chicago. Three years as a student and two years as a full-time employee at Moody Bible Institute.
Charles and Ivy Green were born in Chicago more than 20 years ago and have been simmering on the back burner since then, when I'd occasionally bring them out and stir them up, add some spices or herbs. It came to a full boil in 2013 when I took the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) challenge and finally put it all down into my computer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is seeing the seed of a character that has popped into my imagination by various means germinate, sprout, grow, and flower into hero I didn't know was there. I love seeing my characters take on a life of their own, them not wanting to do what I need them to do or doing things I didn't expect. And seeing my characters interact with each other, is like watching your children grow up and become their own person.
What do your fans mean to you?
Right now my only fans are my family and friends, so they are very important to me, obviously. My future fans are also important as my story only comes to life when someone reads it. A story isn't fully realized until someone reads it, so the more people that read it the more complete it becomes.
Father Fisher Ertl has just started as the head rector for a small, struggling church in Menomonee Falls, WI. His first. Father Fisher must figure out how to pastor a church that is mostly older people, when he's young enough to be their grandchild.
To add to the struggle, Fisher's younger brother got into trouble back home in Twenty-nine Palms, CA and has come to live with him to get away from the trouble. So now Fisher has to figure out how to parent his younger brother.
Characters of all sorts come into Father Fisher's circle of influence, including love interests, reluctant congregants, troubled souls, long time members with their own agendas, and young people, the hope of new life for the church.
Father Fisher Ertl is starting as rector of small, struggling church, when he gets troubling news from home about his younger brother. How will he balance his new role and help his brother from half-way across the country.
Charles Worth's life has just been shaken to the foundation. His family and home seem to be crumbling around him. His father has lost a long battle with cancer. He decides to take time off from college in order to deal it all, which creates problems of its own, especially with his girlfriend. Trying to step into his father's role, he discovers that the life he knows may be a lie.