Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Two More Questions Answered

Question - What is your favorite fiction book?

Answer - I don't have just one!!! But I guess if I had to pick a couple, I would say . . . The Northwoods Adventures  and the Freedom Seekers by Lois Walfrid Johnson. The Accidental Detectives by Sigmund Brouwer. The Hidden Hand, The Lost Pearle, and The Lost Clue from Lamplighter. Monster by Frank Pereti. Arby Jenkins by Sharon Hambrick. Sherlock Jones by Ed Dunlop. The Peabody Adventures by Jerri Massi. And The Frencolian Chronicles by Carolyn Ann Aish.

  You may notice that a lot of these books are juvenile fiction, and yes, I still read juvenile fiction even though I'm twenty! I do enjoy and read others as well, but I find it helpful when I'm writing a genre like juvenile fiction, to be reading books in that same genre and since my latest project is a juvenile fiction book, that's what I've been reading.

     DISCLAIMER - Just because I enjoy a book listed above does not mean I totally approve of all content or other books by the same authors.

Question - What inspired you to write books?

Answer - I've always liked writing, but I wasn't serious about writing books until I was somewhere around thirteen years old. I didn't like reading until I was ten years old when one of my siblings made me read a Hardy Boy book. I got hooked and ended up reading every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy book that I could get my hands on. By the time I had exhausted my supply of them, I had developed a love for reading and I was ready to read other books. The more I read, the more I wanted to write. I read a LOT of books those next few years and worked on my writing as well, but at that point, although I wanted to be an author someday, I didn't see it happening anytime soon. Then, when I was thirteen years old, my mom bought me the One Year Adventure Novel high school curriculum and, by doing so, proved to me that she thought I could get published. When I knew that my mom thought I could do it, I knew I had to try. From then on, I became serious about my writing and I've been writing ever since. So in short, I guess it was a mixture of my siblings helping me learn to like reading, and my mom believing in me and and giving me confidence..

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


MISSION OF A LIFETIME is nearing it's release date and although the printed book won't be out until then, the book is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon as a kindle book and on Barnes and Nobles as a nook book!

If you're interested in a review of the book, here's one written by an author!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Green Pastures Farm: All in Their 20's!

   My siblings and I are all in our twenty's now! Four of us are married now, but we all still get together and have a LOT of fun. We've got some AWESOME in-laws too and we have so much together!!! Mom posted about it on our family blog if you want to see the picture of us.

Green Pastures Farm: All in Their 20's!: The 'kids' were all over tonight with their families so we took a "All in our 20's" photo.  I am so thankful for the...

Friday, March 17, 2017

More Photos!!!

I'm SERIOUSLY NOT trying to overkill you with posts today, but I thought you might like to see these pictures!!!

A wooden magnet that Grandpa O. made me for my birthday!

Grandma O. made me these cookies!

 And a few years ago they gave me this nutcracker!!! :) :) :)

The Mystery of the St. Patrick's Day Necklace?

Can anyone help me solve the mystery of this AWESOME light up necklace??? Several years ago, it showed up in my mailbox addressed to me with no return address. Every year, I wear it on St. Patrick's Day, but I still have NO IDEA who gave it to me!!! Does anyone have a clue??? 

TODAY IS . . .

      It's Saint Patrick's Day today!!! And if you're like me, that really makes no difference in your day!!! How many of you actually celebrate St. Patrick's Day and how do you do it??? I'd love to hear from you guys!!
      Today is also my 20th birthday. So I'm going to answer the questions that were sent in to me, and a few that were added.

QUESTION ONE - How old were you when you got saved?

    ANSWER - I was 3 1/2 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I was taught from the Bible from a REALLY young age and although, at the age of 3 1/2 I didn't understand it all, (I still don't:) I knew enough to know that I was a sinner and on my way to Hell. I knew that Jesus had died to pay for my sins and I put my faith in Him. Since then, I've had many struggles, bumps, and doubts in my spiritual life, but God is SOOOOO Good!!! He is always there and He is the same yesterday, today, and FOREVER!!!!

QUESTION TWO - How many books have you written?

     ANSWER - It's complicated!!! I think I would have to say I've written ten books. Five of them are published, one of them will be published by May, and the other four I wrote this winter and they're still in the rough draft stage. Hopefully I'll be able to edit them when I get home from camp. I also have a workbook/unit study book that I don't count with my fiction but that is also published.

QUESTION THREE - What do you want to be when you grow up?

        ANSWER - A writer!!!! However, if I can't be a writer, than I would like to be a writing coach or teacher.

QUESTION FOUR -  When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

       ANSWER - I WRITE!!!! (Or read!)

QUESTION FIVE - What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

       ANSWER - I was just an all-around brat! Nothing really deliberate, I was just a bad kid!

QUESTION SIX -  What story does your family always tell about you?

    ANSWER - When I was little, someone had to watch me at nap time until I fell asleep or I would climb out of my crib!! When I was 3 or 4, I would crawl out the window so I could go jump on the trampoline when no one was watching! 

On another note, two of my AWESOME nephews were over this morning helping their grandpa milk the cows and I'm afraid that even though I'm twenty, I may not always act like it. :(

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What Don't You Know About Me?

In a few days I'm going to be doing a birthday post, and I was thinking about doing a post with things about me you might not know,  the only problem is that I have no idea what you know about me!  So if you have any questions about me, or my writing,  or my life, or my convictions, or ANYTHING about me at all, go ahead and ask in the comments! I would love to answer your questions!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Blizzardish Weather / Ministry Opportunity

   As many of you know, my sister, Hosanna, does chalk art drawings. On Tuesday, Hosanna did a chalk talk at a Senior Housing place in a town near us. She drew, Dad shared a message with the gospel, and I played piano before as a prelude, and after as 'background music' during their coffee and snack time.

The chalk talk, was about Jesus calming the storm. It was really neat because during the 'storm' that Dad was talking about, Hosanna had waves all over the sea, but as soon as Dad talked about the calming of the storm, she made it calm really fast!

As I said above, I played piano.

And on the way to and from the place, this is what it looked like out of the windshield. It was REALLY windy!! Anyways, it was an awesome opportunity to minister to the elderly even if the storm outside didn't get calmed like the one inside!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Thank You Everyone!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped nominate my book and shared the post!!! You guys are all so AWESOME!!! That was really short notice and a short contest, so you guys were great! Unfortunately, MISSION OF A LIFETIME was not chosen at this point. MISSION OF A LIFETIME will be released sometime in May and I look forward to sharing it with you all then! :):):)


My book, MISSION OF A LIFETIME, might be made into an AUDIO BOOK!!!!!! But I need HELP!!! If you have Facebook, please go to this link and leave a comment to nominate my book and be put in a drawing to win a free copy of the printed book!!!

And feel free to share this EVERYWHERE!!!!