Nancy began writing in pursuit of traditional publication in 2010. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and President of her local chapter Writers on the Storm in The Woodlands, Texas. Her first writing award came at a very young age when her entry "Why My Mom is the Best in the World" won first place in a local grocery store's Mother's Day contest. She doesn't remember what she received but her mother was awarded a bouquet of roses and a bottle of Charlie perfume.
A college education would later crush her love of reading and writing but in 2008, she wrote a fan-fiction piece for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Series. A friend encouraged her to enter it in the Twilight Novel Novice national competition and The Reckoning won third-place out of sixty submissions. Nancy credits that experience with resuscitating her passion to write.
Since successfully completing NaNoWriMo in 2010 (writing 50K words in 30 days), she has garnered several more awards.
Christian Writers of the West The Phoenix Rattler 2012 - Finalist / Historical Romance
Writers on the Storm Flash Fiction Contest 2012 - Second Place
COTT (Clash of the Titles) March 2012 - Clash Champion
Christian Writers of the West The Phoenix Rattler 2011 - Fourth Place
Writers on the Storm Category Five Contest 2011 - First Place and Category Award / General Fiction
Bethany House Author Karen Witemeyer Fan Fiction Challenge 2011 - Winner
The Girl Next Door
A native of Houston, Texas, Nancy shares her home with one very handsome and spoiled dog named for the hero in her best friend's first manuscript. She drives a truck and owns a horse which makes her even more Texan. Her hobbies include bass fishing and almost any do-it-yourself project. She enjoys listening to all genres of Christian music, volunteering, and learning new things, especially about history. Good old-fashioned Texas barbeque will bring her running as fast as a new book from one of her favorite authors.
She is blessed to be an executive and personal assistant in her day job to leaders who support and encourage her writing.
A little known fact is she has crewed on the official tall ship of Texas, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque Elissa. At the top of her bucket list is to be photographed standing in the Colosseum while holding a copy of her debut novel.
Raised in church, Nancy made her profession of faith and was baptized at an early age. Years of Vacation Bible Schools and Church Camps followed. She would go on to lead them as a young adult. After college, God became less important except in emergencies. She enjoyed a mighty fine American Dream life in a mighty fine house built on the sand.
Then in the summer of 2009, that house finally collapsed.
She nearly took her life in the aftermath of the "black moment" as it is known in fiction. The sovereign mercy of a loving and relentless God is the only reason she survived. Today she lovingly refers to that season as her "advanced tutorial." That brokenness began a journey to an intimate and abiding relationship with the living God. She would endure all that suffering again without hesitation to be where and who she is today. Trials still come and she still fails, sometimes spectacularly. But God continues to bring blessings, opportunities, and beauty from the ashes. Nancy is always ready to share with others in need of hope that nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
In 2012, her best friend and critique partner bestowed her with the nickname "Phoenix" after hearing her story. Nancy loved the name and adopted the Phoenix symbol seen above to embody her life-verse, Ezekiel 36:33-36.
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