The official biography:
Along with being the author of Walk With Me (River North/Moody), I’m a fiction writer whose work has been published in numerous journals including Image, The Southern Review and The North American Review and in the anthology series edited by Bret Lott, Not Safe But Good (Thomas Nelson).
I’m also the author of a young adult novel, The Counterfeit Collection (Tyndale) and I’ve written feature articles for many publications such as Guideposts, Leadership, and Partnership.
Before writing full-time, I worked in book publishing as an acquisitions editor and then as Editor-in-Chief at Princeton University Press. Since 2000, I’ve lived in Morocco where my husband is the pastor of Rabat International Church. We have two married daughters and five delightful grandchildren.
If you still want to know more about me, you may be interested to learn:
- On the Myers-Briggs scale, I’m not an I for introvert. I’m an H for hermit.
- But I’ve been known to say, “We’re having a small gathering; only 10 people.”
- I love Easter sunrise services in cemeteries.
- I live on the west coast — of Africa.
- My favorite Moroccan meal: Zahara’s beef couscous with raisin sauce, and tchouchouka.
- J’adore le français.
- I once told God I’d marry anyone except the man who became my husband.
- I prefer to make things up rather than do research, although I have been described as an ‘infomaniac’.
- I’ve lived in an old suburb, a very small rural town, a new suburb, and a very big city.
- I once sat at table #3 at the National Book Awards, one table over from John Updike. [Guess which one of us was getting an award?]
- My running days ended after a summer in the Alps.
- I stop and listen to church bells whenever I hear them.
- The number of rooms in our house that have bookcases: seven.
- I hate crowds unless I’m watching fireworks.
- Shouldn’t it be called “Life by Chocolate”?
- I’d rather read than take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti or a camel ride in the Sahara or a 4×4 to a remote village in the highlands of Thailand.
- However, I will put the book down to walk through a wildflower meadow or stroll through a medieval town or meet a treasured friend.
- All I want is….to have my family live in the same time zone.