My writing career started in high school when I began working with published author and writing coach Jonathan Friesen. When I was seventeen I joined the Marion County Writers Workshop which has produced, over the years, authors such as Michael Vanatta, Stephen Brayton, and Kathy Bacus. There I brought my writing every week for peer review.
In college I began to finish off my first few rough drafts of my Crystala Chronicles. A series I was far to close to at the time. I also began to do my own peer reviews and help other authors hone their craft. I also began to improve my artistic talents. My artwork is now featured on wine labels across Iowa and is also saved at Indian Hills Community College for later classes.
Before I finished college I managed to place runner up in the Marion County Writers Workshop scary story contest and win the Nearwood Winery poetry contest. I also lost my mom and sister that year. After that I found my way to reader paranormal romance by Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan. Their writing gave me new worlds to help me get through and gave me inspiration for my own.
After college I started up my own contracted massage business working events all over Iowa such as Anime Iowa and with organizations like Hospice of Central Iowa. I also spent three years working as a Physical Therapy Assistant in a wonderful nursing home. I learned a hard lesson about doing what you must and what you want. An editor at Wild Rose publishing took interest in my novel. At that time I worked sixteen hour days. After three rounds of edits I was turned down because I could not meet the deadlines.
From there I went on to win the Marion Country Writers Workshop scary story contest and place top ten in the Write Place Publishing House novel contest. I found my hope at a regular day job in a small county hospital. I also found a great group of authors and editors. My first novel should be coming out this year.
Besides writing I'm an owl, chicken, and bird in general lover. I'm a gamer and have held a position in Iowa's Pokémon leagues. On week days you'll find me in scrubs, weekends in my boots, and one a full moon my collection of corsets come out. I love taking my guns: James, Sherlock, and Alice, to the range on the weekends. Otherwise you'll find me with friends on half-off-margarita night.
I have my mom and sister to thank for their years of support. Even now they are a driving force that pushes me to fulfill my dreams. My dad has been there every step of the way, editing my novels, reading my books, and giving me the encouragement I needed. And the love of my life also has been there for me. Working on his own goals and pushing me to keep at mine. To never fall behind.
If you want to keep up on the antics of my life follow my blog. I'll be posting pictures of my events, inspirations, newest love obsessions, funny stories, and more. Have I told you of the time I hit a fish with my car?