From a very early age, I shared a love of books and reading with my parents and siblings. We’d gather at the library every few weeks to check out dozens upon dozens of books, while the librarians commented in astonishment. Stemming from those frequent library trips and my love of books, my dream job was to become a librarian. I frequently persuaded my family to play make-believe libraries with me (you can guess who the librarian was!).
But as God worked in my family’s hearts and gave us an increasing desire for that which is good, the quest for engaging, God-honouring books became a struggle. That’s when I traded my librarian dreams for a God-given desire to become an author!
Though I had clear goals for what I wanted to write—faith-based, inspiring, Australian novels—the journey of getting words on a page was a little harder. The thought of writing tens of thousands of words that made sense and engaged the reader was daunting to say the least! So at the age of eighteen, I undertook a correspondence course and secured a Diploma in Professional Writing—and more importantly, my first complete manuscript.
Now multiple years down the track after working with a professional editor, that manuscript has become a polished novel, Jayne’s Endeavour. But the journey is far from over, so grab a seat and a book and join me on the adventure!
My desire is to help readers love that which is good and pure—not in the world’s eyes but in God’s eyes.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Favourite Book? An author has to have more than just one favourite book! Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger, ‘Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War by Ray and Betty Whipps, Prisoner of the Pyrenees by C.R. Hedgecock, the Millie Keith and Elsie Dinsmore series (the revised editions by A Life of Faith), and The Boy Colonel by John J. Horn. Each of these books are novels that encouraged me in my faith. They're tales where the characters choose to do the right thing, even when it costs them dearly, showing true courage. And that’s what makes them favourites.
How old were you when you started writing Jayne’s Endeavour? About eighteen.
Hobbies? Music!! I’ve been playing and teaching the piano for years and more recently have started learning the harp. I also love cooking/baking, crocheting, horses, and growing herbs.
What type of novel do you write? God-honouring, inspiring, engaging, faith-based, exciting, Australian, adventuresome, historical!
Special Scripture verse? Isaiah 26:4 “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” This is one that has consistently helped me for many years. I’ve quoted it to myself probably hundreds of times! Who knows, it might end up in one of my novels.
Do you have a writing tip? Of course! 😊 Always stay focused on God. Don’t write to please man, and then you will write stories that truly matter.
What are you currently writing? The Orphans’ Secret, Book Two of the JOY Series.
What inspired you to become an author? The struggle to find solid, God-honouring fiction. Basically I’m writing the kind of books that I wished were available back when I devoured multiple books a week. The only question is whether its more fun getting to write them or read them! 😉
Favourite writing quote? “To write, live.”—C.R Hedgecock