I started writing when I was six years old, using an old Underwood typewriter my Dad let me use.
Over the years I've worked as a freelance journalist for a variety of newspapers and magazines. But 20 Short Ones was my first book - a work of faith-based fiction.
I've lived in New York City but the Midwest is my home. I'm the shortest of eight siblings - and our names all start with the letter "D."
20 Short Ones: 20 Tales of Hope is about relationships. The main take-away from the book is hope. So much of everyday life makes it difficult to form solid friendships. But we need them. And we can choose to spend time developing those friendships. It's really our choice - so there's hope!
20 Short Ones is not a self-help book! It doesn't offer up any counsel in regards to relationship-building or romance. But it does offer humor and hope!
Two other collections of short stories are on the way!
Metropolis: Tales From a Small Town, coming in the spring of 2022, and a Christmas collection, releasing later in the year.
I have an active blog, where I write about social justice and faith. You'll also find book reviews and interviews!
My short stories are about friendships - in all sorts of settings.
Silent Night (from 20 Short Ones):
Before you go any further, you need to know that this story begins on December 16. Not just any December 16, but one where it snowing, and the campus of Lovett College was covered in white for Christmas.
All across the tiny campus students were hunkered down in study clusters...
An engaging and whimsical book about faith, love and friendship!
- Kirkus Reviews
It is so easy to fall in love with the characters in each story. The author knows how to introduce and develop characters quickly and convincingly.
- Jane, Amazon
From the very first paragraph, I was drawn in by the writing style and the characters.
- Sharon Wilharm, Faith Flix Films
A refreshing collection of simple tales about people who take a chance of rejection by daring to be open and honest.
- Steve, Goodreads Review
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading stories about relationships.
- Kelly B., Blooklook Bloggers Review
I love this book! I highly recommend it.
- Denise M., Booklook Bloggers Review
The stories are engaging - the characters life-like. I really enjoyed this collection of short stores.
- Tonja K., Booklook Bloggers Review