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A Work In-Progress
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
I’m a Jesus follower who loves learning and fun socks. I’ve also been known to venture outside my comfort zone to try new things—at least once! In many ways, I’m still a kid at heart. I find inspiration everywhere: in the whoosh of the wind, the fluttering of tree leaves, the glimmering of sunlight, and in the simple details of things big and small.
My creative journey began in my youth with art and poetry—areas I continue to explore today, along with short forms of fiction writing. (Storytelling is not bound to the written word, and I love to experiment.) But my primary focus as a creative is crafting adventurous stories for children and teens that spark imagination and inspire grace for themselves and others.
God has blessed me along the way. In 2016, my first short story, The Warehouse Tour, received an honorable mention in the largest international short story contest, Writers of the Future. In 2018, Endless Press chose my flash fiction piece Steampunk Circus as the Runner Up in their Realm Makers Scholarship contest. The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards honored my debut novel, Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel’s Legacy, with a silver medal in 2019. And more recently, Rattle featured my artwork on the cover of their Neurodiversity Tribute issue.
But the journey has never been easy. Like others, my path has been marked by mistakes, failure, and rejection. I’ve doubted my abilities. Questioned nearly everything. Faced the deepest parts of myself—where fears are born—and had my resolve challenged in unexpected ways.
And perhaps the biggest struggle I’ve faced was embracing who I am in this world. The contradictions. The complexities. The challenges I once didn’t understand and the heritage I hold in my heart. It took grace and forgiveness—for myself and for others—and it required my willingness to do it all over again the next time I got knocked down.
No matter how hard it has gotten, I’ve focused on God and kept going.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
Now, through my creative endeavors, I hope to connect with other outsiders who hold on to faith and dare to dream—dancing in the fringes. I hope to shine a light and encourage them. Because even when doors are closed, God leaves a window of possibilities open. We just need to be brave enough to explore the possibilities.
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