The first story you sell is the one you never forget. Mine was to David C. Cook for a take-home Sunday School paper called Sprint. The year was 1988, this was my first submission to a paying market, and the check sent to me was for $125.00.
Since then, I've sold articles and devotions to the Upper Room, Alive Now, Standard Publishing, ByLine magazine and others. I've also written for free because after Daniel died in 1997, my desire was to get my tributes to him out there regardless of whether I was paid or not.
I've also been rejected more times than I care to count. It is one thing to be turned down when your article is on the best soil to grow petunias in, quite another when the typed manuscript holds the anguish over the loss of your four-year-old.
In Daniel's memory and the memories of many children, two cookbooks were compiled. Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle are filled with recipes of those we can no longer hold. There are some tasty recipes in there.
Facts about Alice
* Born in Osaka, Japan and lived in Japan for 18 years
* Went to Kyoto International School and Canadian Academy
* Majored in Social Work and graduated in 1983 from Eastern Mennonite University
* Worked at a group home for disadvantaged kids outside of Philadelphia
* Taught English and Culture Orientation at a refugee camp in the Philippines
* Taught English as a Second Language in Japan
* Speaks and teaches on Writing the Heartache
* Has three kids on earth, and one in Heaven
* Recently got married to Carl on 2/7/09