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I was in kindergarten (the age I am in this photo!) when I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Books were already entertainment and wonder and escape. A million different worlds I wanted to explore. And I didn’t just want to experience each story, I wanted to create my own. What an impossible dream! Even

*Post first appeared on Facebook and Instagram #TBT to one of my favorite photos of all time. This sweet gem was taken by my friend Ellenvelde Photography nearly four years ago in a park not too far from our home. I’m cradling my “miracle baby,” and for those who know the story you know that I’m not employing hyperbole when

Years ago I made this the prayer of my heart: “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” And God very faithfully answered that prayer. But I’ve learned that pity and compassion are not the same thing, and the difference can be summed up in a single word: understanding. Pity condescends from a distance. Compassion is love on its knees. And

I can’t believe it’s finally here! Little Broken Things drops today and I couldn’t be more thrilled, nervous, excited, anxious, or hopeful. Yes, hopeful. I love this book. I love the story, the characters, the quest for something beautiful, something more. I hope it connects with a lot of readers. I have SO MANY fun things to share about this

We’re only a few days away from the release of Little Broken Things and I’ve saved my favorite Pinterest board for last. Quinn and Walker are at the center of the book, and their love story is one that completely captured my heart. They have only been married for a few years, and their relationship is going through a bit

Hey, friends! We’re just ONE WEEK from the launch of Little Broken Things! I’m in the mood to party. 😉 One of the main characters in Little Broken Things is not-quite sixty-year-old Liz. She’s the matriarch of the Sanford family and a very conflicted character. Liz believes that she’s done her very best… But wonders if maybe that’s simply not

Julie Cantrell is such a kindred spirit! I first heard of her years ago when her debut novel, Into the Free, made a giant splash in the literary scene. Her tender, passionate books are filled with heart and redemption–and they’re absolutely unputdownable. Julie and I are Tall Poppy sisters, and I’m so grateful that this woman I’ve admired for so

I met Kimberly Stuart in Des Moines at a book event several years ago–and it was friendship at first sight. At least, for me. 😉 Kimberly is kind and selfless and so very funny. And her books are filled with so much heart. I read her newest, Sugar, on vacation this summer and savored every page. It’s romantic and funny,

Friends! We’re TWO WEEKS from the publication of Little Broken Things! I’m so very excited! And nervous and happy and a little scared and, well, probably every emotion you can imagine. There’s lots to do and lots to share, and I’m sure I’ll forget important things along the way. But Pinterest. I can’t forget Pinterest. 😉 One of the things