Today I mailed my signed contract to Herald Press. It feels official now, and yet the great portion of work on this book is still ahead of me.
If you've known me for a while, this book contract with a Christian Non-Fiction (CNF) publisher might come as a surprise. I've been writing seriously for over 15 years now but much of my writing has been nestled in story, magical realism, and fantasy fiction.
Many of my friends know me as a writer of YA fiction. But a few years ago, my friend Jessica Goudeau--who has been my kindred writing friend for nearly 20 years--brought together some fabulous women who were all in various stages in their writing careers in the CNF world. Even though I saw myself as a fiction writer, I tagged along.
I began to follow the lead of my writer sisters, submitting pieces to places where they had connections, learning from their voices and gracious editing of my work. Eventually, I became a regular contributor at Good Letters. When I wrote a piece there about the mystics and motherhood, the idea of connecting my stories of life in intentional community with the Christian mystics began to capture my imagination.
At the Festival of Faith and Writing in April, my friend Amy Peterson quietly introduced me to the editor at Herald Press. A few anxious weeks later, they offered me a contract for a book.
I have a year to write it.
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