My Blog Turns 1!

Today is my blog’s first anniversary!

On May 31st of last year, I published my first post about reading the Selection series and how meeting Kiera Cass helped me to finally write and publish my first novel.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like blogging. Writers learn to write in other’s voices. We write as our characters and we tell their stories. It was an interesting experience to start writing as myself and to tell my own story. I’m really happy with how my blog and website have evolved over the last year, and I really enjoy posting about my writing, books I’m reading, and anything else that affects my life as a writer.

To celebrate my blog’s anniversary, I wanted to look back on some of my favorite posts from the past year. Help me celebrate by checking out some of my old posts!

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere Only We Know: Writing a New Story: This post explains what I want readers to take away from my novel, which is of course the most important part of writing the book in the first place.

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How I sign copies of Somewhere Only We Know

World Changers: In this one I explain my calling to be a writer and how I want to use writing to do what I can to make a difference.

Top 10 Reasons I Love My Husband: In honor of Valentine’s Day, I created this list of all the reasons I love my husband.

This is my favorite wedding photo

Being a “Real” Writer: In this post I reflect on making writing my job and give my view on what makes someone a real writer.

Why Write?: Here I talk about an important lesson I learned back in college-that everyone has something important to say.

Reading Your Own Writing: When I read through my novel for the first time after it’s publication, I had both a negative and positive feeling about it. Here I write about trying to focus on the positive.

Molly and me reading together

Finding Motivation: In this post I talk about having the right mindset to write and how I created a reward system to keep myself motivated.

Somewhere Only We Know Launch Party: Here I have pictures from and talk about my book launch party.

Me at my launch party for Somewhere Only We Know

Getting Re-inspired by Les Misérables: Lastly, in this post I talk about finding inspiration from my favorite story ever.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog over the last year, and I hope you continue to join me on my writing journey by reading my blog for the years to come!

World Changers

At my church, we are doing a series on the book of Acts that my pastor has entitled “World Changers.” Every week we look at a story in Acts of the Apostles and discuss how those people were changing the world after the death and resurrection of Jesus with the founding of the Christian church. And every week my pastor poses the question “Whose world will you change?”

I immediately knew my answer to this question: those who read my writing. I was pretty good in all subjects in school, but the one thing that always just spoke to me was writing. And now I know why—that God has called me to do this, that this is what I’m meant to do in this world.

As I’ve said here I had a really hard time figuring out how to write after I became a Christian two years ago. I then had a new understanding of how God wanted to use me through my writing, but I didn’t know what to say. I knew I didn’t want to write Christian fiction. Though these books are great, I personally didn’t want to be limited to that small shelf in the bookstore that no one reads unless they’re already a Christian. I figured out that I needed to write more mainstream fiction that could be the little nudge people need to turn towards God.

The result of this realization was my upcoming book Somewhere Only We Know. This book is about abuse and violence against women, a subject which I became passionate about in college. Unfortunately a lot of the stories I heard about victims of violence ended with them losing faith after seeing so much bad in the world. What I tried to show in my book is that God can provide the healing that you’re looking for when you’ve lost all other hope.

I tried to not be preachy about this in my book, as no one likes to read stories like that. But God does have a presence in my story. And that’s because he asked me to tell this story for him. All I want to do with my writing is inspire people with the hope they’ve been looking for. I want to be a world changer.