People often ask me when I decided to become a writer and how I came up with the idea for Snow out of Season.
A Booklover and a Butterball Turkey
I was born in Baltimore, MD, and my parents named me Christy after the bestselling novel of the same name. You might say Catherine Marshall and her famous heroine were my first muses. But as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved reading.
As a little girl, I was always dreaming up stories. I remember going into a patch of woods near our house and pretending I was the queen of a small kingdom.
In sixth grade, I won a Butterball turkey in a short story contest. That award, along with my mother’s encouragement, kindled in me a desire to one day pen novels. But first the Lord led me on other expeditions.
Adventures Overseas and of the Heart
I earned a degree in English and writing at the University of Maryland. Then, the summer after I graduated, I moved to China to study Mandarin at Nanchang University. While there, I also taught English at Jiangxi Agricultural University.
In 2001, I returned to the States to attend Southeastern Baptist Seminary. I intended to complete 32 credits, or perhaps even my Masters of Divinity, and then return to China. But God had a different blueprint for my life.
After I completed 36 credits in North Carolina, I returned home to reconnect with my family. While teaching drama and music, Christ once more called me out of my comfort zone. But this time He led me to Chicago to work and serve at a multi-site church called New Life.
There I fell in love with a zany youth pastor named Mark.
After we married, I considered the unique gift God had given me in my husband. How different would my life be if Mark had never been born? A story grew in my heart, one I felt compelled to share. Now was the time to pursue that long-delayed dream.
That October, bestselling authors endorsed Snow out of Season. Sandra Byrd said, “The story caught me with characters so real I feel I might see them on the street, and it held me with breathtakingly clever storytelling.”
In November, the Library Journal gave it a starred review, calling it “…an astonishing tale with a gratifying ending…completely engrossing.” They also named it the Christian Fiction Debut of the Month. By January 2016, it topped Amazon bestseller lists.
In 2015, I moved back to Maryland with my husband and our two adorable daughters. Mark now serves as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Greenridge Baptist Church. I’m blessed to sing on the worship team, do special music, and help lead the young adult ministry.
When I’m not at church or with my family, you can often find me blogging, writing articles, or dreaming up my next story.