I have loved writing since I was a little girl. In fact, my first books created were hand-written school books (of course I pretended to be the teacher), followed by short stories and poems. Criss Cross: A Holly Novel may not be my first book, but it’s the first one I decided to publish, with the love and encouragement of my amazing husband. It’s the first in a series.
I read a wide array of books. Sometimes I just want something cozy that makes me laugh, but more often than not I prefer crime novels. I quickly learned that most secular crime novels are full of swearing and too-graphic scenes that left me feeling a little queasy (and let's be honest, who wants to read a book that makes you feel like up-chucking? Just turn on the news). So I decided to write my own crime novel.
I don't want anyone to dive into my books expecting a sugarcoated world with romantic overtones and an ending wrapped up with a nice little bow. I want my books to reflect the real world--a world that is messy, terrifying, wonderful, and sprinkled with humor. There may be romance, but it will never be the focus. There will be hardships and trauma, and I hope my characters come across as a real person you might meet while walking down the street. Writing this series is an exciting journey with my husband, and I hope others enjoy it, too.
I won't delve too deeply into the past, but I can tell you—as can my family—that God has been watching over me my entire life: from the little girl who was almost kidnapped, to the woman who fights every day to find the joy in this world. Sometimes it's hard to see that He’s with us in the hard times until we're standing on the other side, looking back. And then we see that we were not alone on that dark road we just traveled. It was just so dark that we couldn’t see Him walking beside us. I gave my life to Christ at the age of 17, and no matter what life throws my way—good or bad—I will always hold onto Him.