Writing Fiction About Real Issues

I write middle grade, young adult, and contemporary women’s novels.

Words, written or spoken, can change lives. My goal is to help readers understand that in every situation there is hope. Sustaining faith can be found even in the midst life’s hardest situations.

Story communicates. It does more than entertain, it prods us to think. A well-crafted tale challenges, soothes, imparts truth, or attempts to conceal it. For seekers, stories open blind eyes. They speak a language the heart can hear.

They bring the prodigal home.

Life is messy and beautiful. In everyone’s story there is truth and hope. My novels are about common struggles and the triumph of finding faith to carry on through those battles.

I am a parent and writer. I help parents and teachers point teens and tweens toward the hope they need to deal with the difficulties of life by writing engaging fiction about real issues kids face.

In the first writing class I took as an adult, one of the assignments was to write about what you would tell your sixteen year old self if you could go back in time. These were my words.

If I could reach yesterday’s child,

The tender woman-child that I was,

I would write words most eloquent.

My words would not be enough for her.

 If I could,

I would go to that child,

Wipe the painted veneer from her face

And cup her cheeks tenderly,

With my two strong hands.

I would kiss her eyes,

And lips,

And the tears flowing down.

 I would hold her gently,

Draw her to me and bring her to lean against me,

While I brushed her hair and let her grieve.

I would let her break my heart

And I would never look away.

I would whisper in her ear who she is,

And tell her truth,

And put a pen in her hand.

I would show her the beauty that is hers.

 But I am a mere mortal,

I cannot do any of these things.

So God did it for me.

Not only do I wish I could tell my younger self to lean in, that hope is there, I am compelled to share that message with the girls who are traveling hard paths right now. My heart has always ached for the broken girls. That is who I am writing for.

I am working on the second book in a series for tweens. My first book dealt with grief and loss. My current work in progress is about the reality of eating disorders and the battle to overcome the need for perfection and control.

What’s on The Blog

Right now I am focusing on my novel writing and blog when I can.

Mondays I post stories to encourage, share on topics relating to personal growth, or write about parenting. I may post the rare writing update or talk about what’s going on at with the Stone clan.

On Wednesdays I post reviews on books from a variety of genres. Every book I review is one I have found some value in. I try to include things I feel may be issues of concern for parents and teachers. I often link to related materials or free study guides if available. I review adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction and nonfiction.

My Book Review Policy

I do not seek out free books from authors or publishers to review at this time. If you wish to send me a book for possible review, please know that I cannot promise to get to a particular book, but I can try. If I don’t review your book, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Time and circumstance may have intervened. I prefer audio, kindle with speech to text enabled, or a print copy.

Where You Can Find Me

I’d love to hear from you! If you would like to connect with me you can email me, subscribe to my blog, follow me on Twitter, find me on Facebook, or see what I’m up to on Goodreads.