Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer's store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn't bad. She's the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation (all published by Bethany House) and Still Life in Shadows (River North/Moody). Her devotional is Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache (Leafwood Publishers). Her sixth novel comes out in the fall of 2014, Under the Silk Hibiscus (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas).
Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.
She has four children--Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel's House Publications in her son's memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle. In 2013, she published Memories Around the Table, which holds the recipes and memories of loved ones of all ages.
Alice has had articles published in the following publications:
Back Home Magazine
The Upper Room
Canadian Writer's Journal
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery
Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul
The Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent
The Bond Between a Mother and a Son Lasts Forever (Blue Mountain Arts)
Sydney's Child Magazine
Carolina Woman (winner of the 2001 Writer's Contest)
Living With Loss Magazine
We Need Not Walk Alone
Alice presents online writing courses----Writing the Heartache---and other workshops across the country. She also has a line of remembrance cards and thank you cards. She is a contributing writer at Open to Hope where she writes on grief and loss. Her three blogs are Writing the Heartache, Alice's Patchwork Quilt and Broken Psalms.
Alice met Carl on the Internet and they were married in Vegas on 2/7/2009. They live in Durham, NC with kids and dogs.
You can reach Alice at: firstname.lastname@example.org