I live in Colorado, but was born in northern Minnesota. My husband likes to say you can take the girl out of the woods but you can’t take the woods out of the girl. Though Colorado is now my home and it surrounds me with majestic beauty, my heart will always belong to the lakes and forests of Minnesota.
I am the proud mom to Ben and Alex, wife to Clint, step-grandma to five, grandma to Zoey and Olivia.
I am a paralegal, restitution advocate for a District Attorney’s Office, avid reader, writer, and lover of words.
But most importantly I am the daughter of a loving God who showers me daily with grace and mercy. I aspire to bring Him joy and carry His message to others by words, as well as actions.
In January of 2013 I began a journey of making change happen by adopting My One Word. Rather than a list of resolutions become goals become broken before the month is over, I choose one word that fits an area of my life in which I would like to grow. For 2013, my word was “Grace,” in 2014 it was “Silence,” in 2015 I couldn’t decide between two so I chose both–“Love” and “Risk,” and 2016 has been a year to review all of them. To join the movement, visit the My One Word website.
My love of writing goes back to high school, and perhaps before that–we won’t say how many years ago that was. At that time I was invited to write a couple of articles for the city newspaper. I spent a great deal of time in my room and on the lake writing poetry. I entered some of my poems in contests and had some of them published in poetry anthologies.
Over the years, I completed an online Journalism/Short Story Writing class, wrote in a journal for each of my boys until they were twelve, and was a stringer for a local newspaper, writing mostly about community and school events.
Before I had my boys, and while I was a stay-at-home mom, I wrote a rough draft for two and a half novels which I thought I had lost over the years. Imagine my joy when I found them in a box on floppy discs and was able to convert them to a word document long after floppy discs disappeared. Hallelujah!
Participating in–and winning–NaNoWriMo in November, 2012, created the first draft of another novel, The Inheritance, which was published in June 2013. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Welcome to the Bookstore. NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo have produced several other pieces of work, two of which are now published along with The Inheritance-those two are Shear Madness and Shear Deception, books one and two in the Melanie Hogan cozy mysteries. The first draft of books three and four are complete. I hope to have Finding Abby, the first in the Whispering Pines Resort mysteries, published by the end of 2016.
I am a member of Sisters in Crime-CO, Sisters in Crime-National, Guppies (an online chapter of Sisters in Crime, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
A Novel Journey was born by my desire to live a life of grace, through the grace given to me daily, by reaching out to others through words and story. A Novel Journey. Novel–“new” and “books.” Each new day is a novel one. One in which to live with abundant gratitude and grace, for there is so much to be grateful for in this life
I post infrequently, as my free time is typically taken up by working on my novels, but I still come here to rest. I like to post photos of nature, write about writing, gratitude, family, God, and anything else that pops into my head.