I live on a small Michigan farm, which makes me laugh, because until last year, all my previous farm experience included a preschool field trip to a farm and picture books about farms. Still, I love beginning and ending each day in the barn with goats and chickens, and in the summer, long days in the garden. It all really comes down to my love of good food.
Between chores, I homeschool my four children and I fit writing in between the lessons and sports practices.
In 2001, I began seriously studying the craft of writing for young adults and middle grade students, hoping to provide good stories that inspire. Inspire what you ask? I hope my stories inspire people to think, to learn, to be at their best. I love to learn and to think and I try to be at my best. But, because I, too, suffer from the human condition, when I'm not at my best, I turn to books that inspire me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm old-fashioned. I have a kindle app on my phone, but I much prefer books, the smell of paper and ink and dust brings my mind to my favorite place on earth: the library.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm not one to read just one type of book. Sometimes a good story is all I want. Other times, I want to learn how to be a better parent or how to milk a goat. I love reading cookbooks, novels with a poetic flair, and self-help books - A strange combination, to be certain, until I can manage turning a poorly made dinner into a theatrical presentation complete with positivity and laughter. See? A win-win-win!
The saga ends here. Victoria Nike's journey through the worlds reached only by paintings she can enter, comes to a haunting conclusion. Both satisfying and heart-wrenching, her story will leave you forever changed.
The Elemental Chronicles Series includes three books: Gateways, The Elder's Circle, and Crimson Arrows. Victoria Nike discovers that her paintings are gateways to other worlds, and all is not well beyond the canvas.
I'm Jefferson Stanhope and I'm short. Like, really short. As in bring-a-step-stool-to-drink-from-the-water-fountain short. It's not genetic or anything. My parents are tall and my older brother and sister are tall. But not me. I think God hates me. Caitlin says God doesn't hate anyone, but after what happened to her, I thought she would change her mind. She didn't.
Published: April 12, 2016.
Fiction » Fantasy » General
Victoria wants what all girls her age want: an adventure. When she falls through a painting into an alternate reality where sphinx rule and she can communicate with the four elements, her wish comes true. Turns out that Water is moody, Air demands attention, and Fire is hungry all the time. And Earth? That's where the true power lies.