When I was a young girl, I found writing a natural form of expression. I kept journals as early as fifth grade, but I never considered writing professionally until college. I first pursued radio and T. V. journalism, but found news writing boring. Then, I discovered a creative writing class where I learned the power of words; how word choices and their arrangement evoked specific emotions in my readers. Until five years ago, I didn’t know what to do with this skill beyond personal journaling.
Recuperating from a serious concussion and forced to leave my job in 2007, I found myself unable to do anything except read, write, and pray for months. During this time of physical healing God not only taught me the art of abiding in Him, but also the freedom that comes through offering forgiveness – freedom that released my passion for writing.
Within two years, my personal writing hobby turned into my calling – what I knew God created me to do from the beginning. Children’s books were not on my radar, but God dropped a story into my heart and Halo published my first children’s book, Auntie’s House, on February 14, 2009 – God’s personal Valentine’s gift to me. This endearing picture book, inspired by my great niece, Maya, addresses childhood separation anxiety through a nonthreatening, rhythmic verse that engages preschoolers and primary students alike.
Beyond Auntie’s House, I’m writing an adult, nonfiction book for daughters of divorce. Here, I relate my personal faith journey of forgiveness and encourage other daughters of divorce to start their own journey toward healing, forgiveness, and freedom in Christ.
Currently, between home, sharing Auntie’s House, and my new part-time job, you’ll find me blogging four days a week on Dawn’s New Day, an inspirational blog that tells of God’s unfailing love and occasionally contributing stories to Encouragement Cafe and right here on the Christian Children’s Authors blog. Please drop in anytime! I just love making new friends.
There’s also a few more children’s stories running around in my imagination that should resolve themselves soon, so stay tuned!Blessings, Dawn Aldrich Twitter: @DawnAldrich