Can I just say how glad I am you're here? Here's a virtual cup of coffee or tea. Let's get to know each other.

I am an author of fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. Historical and contemporary romance—two genres I have read since practically the cradle. And after walking a road of chronic pain that ended in a surprise healing (ask me about it!) in 2016, my past is no stranger to deferred hopes, struggle and heartache. But, through it all, God held my heart and is making me stronger as I figure out a renewed sense of purpose in my life without pain. He makes beauty from ashes, and I am a living testament to that fact. I even have that tattooed on my left arm.

I still live in my hometown with a tribe of family and friends with whom I don't know what I'd have done without. Eldest of four kids to two amazing parents that comprise up our crazy cat people family (we have four).
The day job "hat" I wear is that of Campus Coordinator for my amazing church, North Way Dormont. It's a dream job I never knew I wanted at a place that has become (and stayed) my happy place, with some of the best people I've ever met, who love each other and the community so well.

The history of my country and especially my state and city have captured my imagination since I was about ten, in homeschool when we studied the Civil War. Which, incidentally, is what got me writing in the first place all those years ago. That illustrated, two hundred page monstrosity will never see the light of day on the world wide web. While Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will remain my favorite city in the world, Pittsburgh—my steel built, hilly hometown—is a very close second and I still have so many places to explore, not to mention delve further into its rich history.
If you're ever in town, look me up and I can take you for coffee!

Speaking of, I adore coffee and red lipstick equally, and I get my red hair from a box and never plan on going back to brown. While we're on the topic of confessions, I am a ridiculous Marvel fangirl and Captain America is my favorite. I also have somewhat of A Thing for macaroni and cheese, Caesar salads and Diet Dr. Pepper.

The Story Behind Northern Belle Publishing:
Being low-key obsessed with the Civil War from about age ten, I always prided myself on being a proud Northerner/Yankee, born and raised here in Pittsburgh. What was known as the Arsenal of the Union back in the 1860's. I'd been wrestling with whether to go "full indie" or keep plugging away at trying to break into traditional publishing for a while as a hybrid author (this was after God's Will had released and around the time I was feverishly working on Wrapped in Red.) I had designed the cover for my Christmas rom-com novella and was in love with the process all over again, and I had my sister design me a mock-logo of the only name I could come up with for my own potential imprint. In about five minutes flat, Sara had designed the logo you see above as well as the grey one on the back of Wrapped in Red.
And then God burst upon the scene and laid out for me a few different paths I could take with my stories, and my heart lit up at the sheer possibilities of doing this self-published author thing in earnest. And committing to it wholeheartedly.
He gave me a revived love for the calling He's placed on my life and has since been getting me back to His heart for me, and my writing career, and I couldn't be more excited and so very glad I gave up the fight to break into a market that, with the direction print media is going—isn't what it used to be. I adore the fiction industry and always will, but now I think its time I carve out my own little niche in it with my publishing imprint as a part of obeying God's calling on my life.


  1. I was so impressed to read about you and your interest in life. You sound like a gal that has great things in store for you in the future. May God richly bless you. Looking forward to reading your books!

  2. So happy to find your darling, little blog! I love that you threw in the cute tidbits of your family here. You are blessed, girl! My siblings are my best friends as well. :]

    Looking forward to more posts!


  3. I just found your blog and it all looks lovely! I'm excited to see what you'll be posting! When Calls the Heart is one of my favorite TV shows and I fangirl easily (don't get me started! =), and ohh you like Klove? I listen to that station all the time!!!!!


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