When I was 21, God put a story on my heart. I wrote a lot of it during the summer between my junior and senior years of college, the first summer in 7 years that I wasn’t spending working at a local Christian camp. I had sooooooo much time.
And then, life kept happening. I started a new job. I got married. I became a teacher. I had kids. And I never finished the story.
But I thought about it once in awhile. Sometimes while I tried to fall asleep, new scenes would come to my mind and I’d try to play them out and hopefully remember them for the next day. Sometimes I would remember to get them down on paper, and sometimes life happened instead and they were lost forever.
In January of this year, I learned of a writing conference put on by one of my absolute favorite authors. In Tennessee. (Far away from me.) It was being held the second to last week of school. (Basically you don’t ask for this time off as a teacher.) And my husband said, “heck no,” the first time I brought it up.
But. For some reason, I couldn’t let it go. And by the grace of God, we were able to make it work. My husband and I went out to Tennessee a week ago and made a work vacation out of it.
It’s exciting. And scary. And really draining, since I still have a six-year-old, a two-year-old, and 135 7th graders to deal with as I try to make this journey happen.
And that story I started yeeeeeeeeears ago is finally getting an ending. It’s finally getting a chance to get out in the world.
But it’s time to stop thinking of SOMEDAY and start making things happen TODAY!
Back Cover Copy for Like Coming Home
Ashley Clark has spent the last five years hiding from a wounded past, the boy she once loved, and the town she calls home. Now a first year teacher at a school for the Deaf in Colorado, Ashley is finally at a place where she can leave her past behind and take hold of the new life she has chosen for herself. But when a friend’s sudden death calls her home, she is forced to remember everything she worked so hard to forget… and face the man she never expected to see again.
Jake Rawlins once dreamt of playing professional baseball… but he’s learned the hard way that the dreams of youth don’t always withstand the test of time. With his cousin’s upcoming wedding–and seemingly perfect life–a constant reminder of what Jake doesn’t have, he can’t help but wonder how his choices long ago have affected his life today. Then she returns, the girl who had his heart when he was twelve… and stole it with her sudden disappearance five years before.