“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

-Martin Luther

Have you ever read a book that transported you away from the life that you were living and into a place that felt like home? When you’re in that world, with those words and characters, it feels almost as if you have never breathed so deeply and fully before that book. My first encounter with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling left me with that feeling, but more importantly, that book left me wanting more.

In college my love of the written word led me to an English degree with a minor in creative writing and no job prospects when I was done, so I went back to school to get my Masters of Arts in Teaching. What was originally a back up plan (“Just until I get published”) became something I am passionate about. I love to teach and help those who want to help themselves, and for those that don’t want to help themselves, well, I spend the year trying to convince them otherwise. I’m nothing if not persistent. 

I spend, and intend to continue spending, most of my life riding the fence, because I believe the world wasn’t written in black and white. It seems that the act of writing, even at its darkest, is meant to encourage and remind us of the power that we all have within us. I love to write, and one day I want to meet my favorite authors. I know that one book can change a person’s life forever. I’m going to write that kind of book. I depend on God, but I believe there are many paths leading to Him. 

I once liked to pretend that I was a city girl trapped in the south, but the older I get the more space I need in order to breathe and the more natural my southern feels. I was lucky enough to meet my best friend in my freshman year of college and persistent enough to convince him to marry me before all was said and done. Six years later, two pups, one decent sized move, a new house, a kitchen remodel, and more laughter than you can imagine, we welcomed Oliver into theworld.

Now that you have all of the details, it’s time for the fun part.

Three Authors I Want To Be Like:

These writers capture the essence, the magic, of what I want to capture when I write. Starting on the left, Erin Morgernstern is the author of The Night Circus, a captivating tale of love and loss and enchantment all with a travelling black and white circus as the setting. In the middle is Suzanne Palmieri, author of several books, including The Witch of Little Italy, The Witch of Bourbon Street, and The Witch House of Persimmon Point. When I first found her books, it was when she had only published one book, and when she went to publish her second, Nathan contacted her, regaled her with our love story, and she was kind enough to send me a signed copy for our anniversary. Yeap, she just put it in the mail and sent it to me. Key take-aways from that story, Nathan is the absolute best in all ways, and Suzanne Palmieri is a kind lost witch. The final person is Sarah Addison Allen, and her books (Garden Spells, First Frost, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, just to name a few) were some of the first that taught me that magic can be anywhere, it can be in the food that we make or the garden that we tend, or in the family that we love fiercely. They have enchantment infusing every scene and the women that grace the pages of their books are vulnerable and strong and wonderfully independent and so many more things. I can’t help but want all of that to happen with my own writing.

Three People I Wish To Emulate

 While technically all three of these women are writers, they are also fabulous people. J.K. Rowling is changing lives on a daily basis through her charity Lumos. Joanna Gaines is an inspiration, encouraging me to embrace those things that make me who I am, to love my family fiercely, and to never be afraid to begin again. Jane Green is just so inspiring, taking on new projects, writing cookbooks, gardening, you name it- she does it. These three women are strong, and I want to be strong like them.

Three Fictional Characters That Capture Who I Am

Honestly, only one of these characters is truly necessary to capture who I am, but I thought I would continue with the things of three theme I have going. Claire Dunphey from Modern Family is definitely one of my spirit animals. She’s sarcastic and witty, a great mom but also realistically portrayed- she isn’t just a mom. Also, she’s funny and I think I’m pretty funny, too. Pam Halpert from The Office is another character. She is creative and loving and is most definitely on over-thinker. I, too, am an over-thinker. She was brave and went out to follow her dreams and I love that fearlessness. Finally, there is Jane from Jane the Virgin. No, Oliver was not a second immaculate conception, but Jane Villanueva is seriously me- at least first season Jane is. She’s an aspiring writer and a teacher. She definitely has a more complicated love life than I’ve ever experienced or want to experience, but her mannerisms and her relentless drive- those are all qualities that we share.

Now that you know all about me, why don’t you go check out some of my words. I have lots of book reviews, several personal stories, a few DIY projects, and even a couple of pieces of fiction.