As a little girl growing up in South Carolina, I never wanted to do little girl things. Instead of being a cheerleader, I played on the boyâ€™s baseball team. Instead of running from the boys who pulled my hair, I chased them, threw them to the ground, and beat them up. Life was good.
Then I grew up and found out that girls couldnâ€™t play on the boysâ€™ teams. I had always dreamed of being an undercover detective, an investigative reporter, or a movie star. But the world told me I had to become what all little girls became at that timeâ€”either a nurse, a teacher, or a secretary. It took me over 40 years to decide I was going to be what I had been created to beâ€”a writer and speaker…with a lot of acting thrown in!
Whether you need a night of laugh-out-loud humor, a motivational class, or a weekend of serious study, I have a program for you. By incorporating storytelling, drama, music, and visuals, my presentations offer engaging and practical application of truth, delivered with a spoonful of sugar.
I love teaching adults and students how to pen words that touch lives. Iâ€™ve had the privilege of teaching at writerâ€™s conferences from Delaware to New Mexico and have taught my Writing is Fun! workshops to over 22,000 students in public and private schools.
My first womenâ€™s non-fiction book, Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe has been called “…A hilarious journey through all things female as we search for truth in a counterfeit world.” It uses lots of humor to discuss the very serious message about the lies we believe and it can be read individually or as a group study book.
Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head Island (2008) the third book in the Bitsy Burroughs mystery series, was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award nominee. In this book, twelve-year-old Bitsy and her ball team go to historic Hilton Head Island, SC for a tournament, but end up solving a mystery about loggerhead turtle nests.
In the Tybee Island story, Bitsy repeatedly gets into trouble as she searches for hidden treasure, discovers a skeleton, and faces a kidnapper. This Tybee Island mystery was #5 on the Savannah Morning News Bestseller List August 8, 2003.
In the second book, Bitsy visits friends on Amelia Island, Florida, where her promise to live at peace with everyone quickly fades when she faces the neighborhood bully. After an abandoned house reveals some deep, dark secrets, the kids team up to help a city resource center. Could evil spirits prevent the centerâ€™s success? But Bitsyâ€™s troubles are only beginning. Although circumstances complicate her week, her determination to solve the mystery changes the future for those who need help on Amelia Island.
As a freelance writer, my articles have appeared in Focus on the Family publications, HomeLife, Christian Single, New Man Magazine, Family Doctor Magazine, The Charlotte World newspaper, www.keepkidshealthy.com, and many others. I am a playwright and lyricist and have several screenplays running around in my head. Perhaps one day theyâ€™ll make it to the page.
I’m founder and co-director of ChristianCommunicators.com, co-director of NCompass Writing Retreat, co-owner of SCW Productions, and co-director of the Intern Program at the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival.
South Carolina is still my home. My wonderful husband, Gary, and I are blessed with two beautiful daughters, two devoted sons-in-law, and four precious grandchildren. We’ve been married all our lives…and life is still good!