(Warning: this is the boring stuff. If you’re a potential employer or a younger writer wondering about how to get started, please read ahead. Otherwise, you may prefer reading what I write on my blog instead of reading about what I write!)
As I mention in my “About Me” page, I started writing when I was very young. My love of stories kept me exploring fictional worlds within my mind throughout junior high and high school. I wrote for my school newspaper during my junior and senior years of high school and also explored other types of writing such as poetry, memoirs, and screenplays.
After graduating from high school, I attended Taylor University where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing, with minors in English and Biblical Literature. While at Taylor, I immersed myself in the writing culture formed by other professional writing majors, which included bonfires and hayrides, weekly dinners, group trips to writing conferences, editing parties, and many late-night chats about authors, books, and movies. (For anyone interested in learning more about the major, you can visit this website.)
Taylor’s program focuses on how to get published, so during my four years there, I wrote devotions for The Secret Place, Evangel, and Living the Gospel Life, journalistic profile stories for Christian Communicator and Home Times Family Newspaper, short devotional radio scripts for WBCL radio, and many book reviews for Church Libraries and Christian Book Previews. My short story “Last Day” won Christian Courier’s 2012 short story contest, and I wrote a number of devotions published in the devotion book Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Nashville: Worthy Press, 2011).
In June 2012, I completed a marketing internship at WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing House, an evangelical division of Random House. That summer, I also acted as a student representative for Taylor’s Alumni & Parent Relations. In this position, I interviewed more than 20 alumni to learn about their Taylor experiences. During the spring of my senior year at Taylor, I had the opportunity to do some marketing work for author Leslie Gould as she prepared for her then-upcoming novel Adoring Addie.
After graduation, I worked in the development office for Shepherd Community Center, a non-profit located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. There, I assisted in grant-writing and in compiling and writing stories for quarterly newsletters.
Currently, I am a self-employed freelance writer, seeking opportunities to tell life-changing stories, whether that be through journalism, fiction, or a blog.