Tamara Shoemaker, English major

When I graduated in 2004, I took a legal secretary position in Harrisonburg at Wharton, Aldhizer and Weaver. I worked there for a few months until they down-sized, then moved one building up the street to the law firm of Layman and Nichols, where I worked as a receptionist for a year and a half. During that time, every lunch break, I dabbled with writing. I had “written” all my life, but this was the first time that I sat down and actually wrote a book from start to finish. Of course, the publishing field is fiercely competitive, so I had no illusions that it would ever be published.

In June of 2006, I left my job at Layman & Nichols and with my husband, prepared to go overseas to Ireland for a year in missions under TranSend at Virginia Mennonite Missions. While there, I wrote many more articles for various magazines. I also joined some writers’ groups in Ireland as part of our outreach.

Upon returning to the States, … Jordyn was born first, then Joel two years later, then two years later, Elena came along. Those were the “fog” years. I had no time to remember my name, much less semi-mundane things like writing.

In August of 2012, I found an opening with a small publishing company. This company agreed to epublish my book. I knew little or nothing about epublishing, but I decided that was probably as far as my first book would get. It’s turned out very well, and I am currently working on my second novel in the series, to be published later this year.

I love my life as a follower of Jesus, a wife, a mother, and a writer. When I think of the blessings God has bestowed on me and my family, this verse always comes to mind: “(Psalm 16:6) The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” And if, perchance, you enjoy a little entertaining reading, why don’t you look up Broken Crowns on Amazon? The sequel will be out soon! :)