If you are a writer, or hope to be someday, you might want to check out the Q & A page, especially if you are looking for information on self-publishing.
And I hope you’ll take a few minutes to stop by for a visit at my bungalow retreat: www.bungalowretreat.com, where I depict country living, bungalow style, through photographs and scripture.
I began writing in my early teens. I suppose you might say my first book was a romance. It was a mixture of truth and fiction based on the courtship of a young couple in our church, whom I greatly admired. For a short time in college, I wrote Bible studies to use with a group of friends I was meeting with in my dorm. After I got married, I toyed with the idea of writing a Christian fiction novel about a young woman serving as a missionary in Jamaica, but my writing aspirations were put on hold after the birth of our first child in 1978.
During the late 1980’s I wrote a series of basic Bible studies to use with a class of Vietnamese refugees I was teaching in our church in Kansas. During the mid-1990’s, using several years worth of letters as the basis for my story, I wrote an autobiographical book about our missionary pilgrimage and a close friendship I shared with a missionary friend serving in Thailand. After moving back to the States, as a part of my own journey towards emotional and spiritual healing, God led me to write two twelve week Bible studies as curriculum for a ministry in our church called Hem Touchers. These two studies have been published and are available for purchase. More information about these Bible studies as well as three others I’ve written can be found under Bible Studies.
More recently, my husband, Joe, and I have co-authored a Bible study on discipleship: walking with Jesus – a guide to relational discipleship. For more information, check under Bible Studies.
In the fall of 2008, God brought me full circle, and I began work on my first Christian fiction novel, Caribbean Paradise - Book One in the Island Legacy Novel Series. It was published in 2010. The second book in this series, Pearl of the Caribbean, was published in 2011. The third and final book in this series, Caribbean Freedom, releases on April 6, 2013. More information, including how to purchase copies, can be found under Novels.
My greatest joys in life are my relationships with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with my husband of 36 years – Joe . . .
and with our three children, two children-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Granddaughters: Mikayla & Katelyn
Daughter, Sarah, her husband, Josh, and their two daughters – Mikayla & Katelyn
Sarah, Mikayla & Katelyn – it was Alabama day
Joe and son, Jonathan
Oldest granddaughter, Halee, holding youngest granddaughter, Katelyn
Oldest granddaughter, Halee
Grammie (Teri) and granddaughter, Mikayla
Grammie (Teri) & Mikayla
From front going counterclockwise: Daughter – Sarah, son – Jonathan, granddaughter – Halee, son – Josh, grandson – Gavin, daughter-in-law – Kristee
Grammie (Teri) sharing a laugh with Sarah, Mikayla & Katelyn
Grammie (Teri) with Halee & Gavin
Grammie (Teri) with Mikayla & Katelyn
Joe and I live with our two dogs, Buddy (a basschshund – basset/dachshund mix) and Shug (a chiweeniepom – chihuahua/dachshund/pomeranian mix) . . .
. . . in our dream home, a 100-year-old bungalow, in a small town in south-central Mississippi. Besides writing, I enjoy Bible study, reading (usually a novel a week) and photography. Many of my photographs, depicting country living, bungalow style, can be found on my bungalow retreat website: www.bungalowretreat.com.
In late summer of 2009, after more than eleven years on staff at a large church in Brandon, Mississippi, God challenged Joe and me to make some radical changes in our lives, focusing our ministry efforts on small churches, primarily in the area of discipleship. In March 2010 Joe was called as pastor of D’Lo Baptist Church in D’Lo, Mississippi. For more information about our ministry go to www.simplelifeministry.com.
In his spare time, Joe enjoys handcrafting wooden crosses, bird churches and picture frames in a small shop behind our home.
For more information on these beautifully handcrafted items go to www.simplecrosses.com.
And thanks for stopping by!