I decided I was going to be an author when I was two years old. I filled an entire notebook with pictures drawn with my box of trusty crayons. I couldn’t write yet, but I had the words all planned out in my head. While dictating to my parents, I got mad when they tried to edit me.

I hadn’t learned the benefit of editors yet.

When I was in seventh grade, I wrote my first “novel,” a whopping 100-page, large-font book. I gave it to one of my teachers to read. I thought he would tell me it was wonderful and should be published.

He didn’t.

Instead, he kindly told me that the journey to publication was a series of baby steps. I had just made my first baby step. At first I was disappointed. After thinking about it for a long time, I realized he was right. I had a lot to learn. I set out to learn as much as I could.

And quickly learned I wasn’t taking baby steps. I was still learning to crawl.

Still, I pushed myself to read books on writing and pay attention during writing classes in high school. When I had my career counseling appointment, I promptly told my counselor that I already knew my career. I was going to be an author.

He didn’t know what to do with me.

Writing wasn’t a smart career choice. It didn’t have a steady pay or guarantee of a job after graduation. The career counselor advised that I go into teaching and write on the side. I signed up for college, picked my classes, and headed off to my first classes in my new career of teaching.

That only lasted six weeks.

Six weeks into my classes, I realized that teaching was a job that needed wholehearted passion. I didn’t have that for teaching. Only for writing. So, I confessed to my parents that I was switching my major. They supported me as they had throughout all my childhood writing endeavors. My writing classes in college gave me the confidence to take my dream to a reality.

My debut novel Dare released June 2 with Sword & Cross Publishing, my own indie imprint. I keep also busy by writing for the Little Lights page in the Beacon Lights magazine and working my day job as an administrative assistant.

Feel free to contact me. I love to hear from readers!

18 thoughts on “About

  1. writinganyone June 2, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I’m really interested in your book and hope to be an author eventually too! I hope to read your book sometime!


  2. E. Rawls June 6, 2015 / 2:55 am

    The counselor didn’t know what to do with you–Lol, love that line. 🙂 It’s so true! Pay is unsteady, and there is so much book promotion to do. But it’s the career I love most. 🙂


  3. E. Rawls June 6, 2015 / 2:58 am

    I too write Christian fantasy, and I’m editing my first novel now!
    Congrats on your book Dare coming out this week!!


      • E. Rawls June 7, 2015 / 4:37 am

        Thank you! And yes, we certainly do! I wish I had found your site sooner, I would have helped out with the blog tour. Maybe next time. 🙂


  4. Annette Ophoff (Abby's aunt!) August 12, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Hi Tricia, I just read your book on vacation, it only took me a day and a half! Well done, looking forward to your next one! May The Lord bless you as you develop your talents.


  5. Rachael Steele December 28, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    I read the books in one afternoon and my friend read Dare in two nights. I lent Dare to my other friend and he really likes it!


  6. Polaris September 6, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Totally LOVE the new look to your website!!!! ITS AMAZING!!!! =D


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