Words of Joy

embracing hope in the hard

My writing life

Writing as a journey and an act of faith

I sort of stumbled into an online writing life, rather like a toddler, who has no idea whether she will walk steadily or fall at the first hurdle. I’ve fallen several times, especially when getting to grips with technology, but I’ve discovered that the secret to success is to get back up again and carry on regardless.

Although I’ve been scribbling from my youth, used to read the next exciting instalment of my short stories to interested friends, contributed to magazines and wrote reams of poetry, I failed to call or recognise myself as a writer for years. But that has changed.

Having a public sphere in which to share your words will either make you shrink back in fear or plunge into the depths on a wing and a prayer. I’ve done both. Though I can vouch that courage and expertise grow in the sharing process.

We might remain fearful or be wary of a few things, but we learn to feel the fear and do it anyway: one word, one blog post, article or book at a time.

I like to think I am a bit more poised and polished these days, but the truth is that writing is both art and practice. Thankfully, I love writing, but technology still scares me a bit. Yet the more we write, the better we get at it.

The lowdown about my writing

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My writing life is enabled by inspiration, perseverance, endurance, faith, hope and prayer. And it’s fuelled by lots of coffee, of course! If God didn’t equip me then I would soon fall flat on my face. Because my health challenges are usually challenge enough most days – which you can read about on my ‘About’ page.

As a contemplative Christian writer, I have contributed to various websites, including Beloved Prodigal, the Association of Christian Writers (ACW) ‘More than Writers’ and ‘Godspace’ blogs. I was a guest poet for Jenneth Graser’s Poetry as Therapy Online Retreat, and I write mostly poetry at my other blog poetryjoy.com.

Books I’ve written or contributed to

I’m the author of Seeking Solace: Discovering Grace in Life’s Hard Places, and a contributor to Mosaic of Grace: God’s Beautiful Reshaping of Our Broken Lives by James Prescott.

I have also contributed to Taking off The Mask: Daring to Be The Person God Created You to Be by Claire Musters, and Finding Purpose: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness by Cindee Snider Re.

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My latest released book is called Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blues. 

If you struggle to embrace or hold on to hope then this is a gentle soul guide companion to help show you the way.

It’s an eclectic mix of poetry, soul exhale reflections and blessings. The e-book is available now on Amazon and the paperback can be found here too. 

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