“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” –Miss Bingley, Pride and Prejudice
I fell in love with books listening to my mother read—in our home, at the doctor’s office, in the middle of the night when I had the chicken pox! Growing up, every nook and cranny of our home was filled with stacks of books. I was that kid with her nose stuck in a book, 24/7. (I still feel strangely unsettled if I don’t have a book and a journal with me at all times. You know, “just in case.”)
Today, I am a wife, mama, and college English instructor. I teach writing courses and Jane Austen classes, and I speak at libraries, literary groups, and book clubs about classic literature. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m running around with my kids, cooking or cleaning (yep, I’m a little bit of a neat freak), hanging out with my husband, helping at church, or snuggling Fluffernut (my nickname for our adorable dog).
Speaking Engagements: I enjoy speaking about a variety of topics, including Jane Austen, classic literature, writing, and what great books teach us, as well as faith topics including prayer, prayer journaling, finding God’s purpose in your life, using your gifts to serve Jesus, and developing your personal devotional life. To book me for a speaking engagement, click here.
Blog Articles: I blog here about classic books, what great books teach us, and the Christian faith. You can also follow me over at Jane Austen’s World, where I write about Jane Austen’s life and novels (and really “geek out” about Jane Austen)!
Kindred Spirit Books: For kindred spirit book recommendations, follow me here or on Instagram at @kindredspiritbooks. My interests cover beloved girlhood classics, literary works (both old and new), and Christian non fiction (including my favorite–biographies of missionaries and other Christian heroes).
Published Books: God opened up an amazing opportunity for me to combine my love of classic literature and my love for Jesus in the most wonderful way in the form of a devotional book based on Jane Austen’s prayers. It’s called Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen, and it releases October 2, 2018 with Bethany House Publishers. Be sure to pre-order your copy now. It’s the perfect companion to your own personal devotional time, and it will make the perfect gift for your favorite “Janeite” friends or family members.