I am a living example of how a wise and loving God expanded a child's seemingly-impossible dream far beyond her wildest expectations.
I was born near the small town of Darrington, Washington on October 1, 1935. Mom taught me to read by kerosene lamplight when I was barely able to hold a book. Our home had no electricity or running water, but was rich in love for God, my logger father, teacher mother, and two brothers. Fun and laughter, singing around the old upright piano, and a vast expanse of forest with rivers and streams to explore, far outweighed our lack of material possessions. Evenings, especially in the winter, we gathered around a large wooden table in the living room next to a wood-burning heater. We devoured every book we could find.
The brighter of two table lamps was an Aladdin. Dad and Mom taught us that reading is a real "Aladdin's lamp." It allows us to travel, relive history, and enter worlds unknown. Long before I entered first grade at age five, I dreamed of someday writing a book. But how? Although Dad and Mom taught us that if we were going to dream, we should dream big, and never give up, Darrington grew trees, not authors.
I became a school, then a government secretary, but the dream held fast. My "someday" book was published in the mid-1970s. By 1978 I could no longer deny the unmistakable call to walk off my job and write full time. People thought I was crazy. Thank God I refused to listen to their well-meaning advice to stay put! I have more than 150 "Books You Can Trust, (six million copies sold) plus 1300 magazine stories and article sales.
Writing-related opportunities led to a speaking and teaching career. Some of my greatest joy comes from seeing former students and others whose lives I was permitted to touch enjoying the thrill of seeing their books, stories, and articles published. And encouraging those getting started, as once encouraged them, some several decades ago.
If you have a dream, don't be afraid to follow it. You are never too young or too old to get started. One of my senior center students' first book (YA novel) was published when she was in her early seventies. Two sequels followed. She, her family, our class, and I rejoiced.