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About Me

I’m a Christian who writes. My fiction, essays, poetry, and prose appear widely in various publications. I have an MFA from Mills College and a BA from UCLA. I’m a Mount Hermon Writers Alumni and a NaNoWriMo Winner 2015.

My name is pronounced like this: eh- r- eh- y- n- d- ih- r- ah

I have a special interest in reading, writing, faith, & art and how these affect our curiosities as creatives. I would describe my writing as contemporary with a Christian worldview along with a sensibility to identity in all its facets: faith, second-generation immigrant, language, motherhood, trauma, silence, and transformation.

I took a pause from writing after earning my MFA from Mills College.

Some of my short stories were published during my final year in the MFA (1999) and through 2003, but I didn’t write a single story after graduating because my life took a turn: I got married, had children, drew closer in my walk spiritually, and acquired new skills.

I built my consulting business in instructional design in order to provide for a growing family but sadly, my writing goals were placed on hold while I was in the throes of a new life that demanded all of me. I read non-fiction more than anything else during those years. In 2010, I established a blog as a means to express my faith.

For many years I focused on my family and transitioning from working outside of the home to homeschooling my three children.

In 2014, I returned to the literary scene and the insufferable changes brought upon by the advent of social media. I had to catch up on years of transformation.

The long sabbatical from publishing wasn’t lost on me during all those years. Just when it appeared as if my MFA had turned into a vapor, a traumatic and disastrous family experience brought me to my notebooks once again and into a cathartic state of writing. All those prior years were a gestation of what is now.

I write about personal and significant events in which I’ve seen the hand of God impart wisdom and grace into my life.

I seek lovely things that exemplify these characteristics and values through a biblical worldview, hence my semi-monthly Lovely Things newsletter.

I am the co-founder of Burning Bush Press. This project is an expression of my family’s faith and is meant to encourage believers by bringing literary works that sharpen, stimulate, and advance the kingdom. We hold a short story contest for homeschoolers biennially.

When I’m not doing any of these things, I’m doing my side hustle at Erendira Creative.

I write book reviews and am fascinated by faith, art, redemption, transformation, and renewal…and my newfound respect for digital minimalism.

I’m in the middle of completing a novel.

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Writings

“The Rest of Us,” West Branch, Fall 2018

“Years Eaten by the Bees,” West Branch, Fall 2017

“Fledgling,” The Puritan, Summer 2017

“Guadalajara, 1986,” Day One, May 2016

“Evanesce,” The Cossack Review, May 2016

“Treasure,” La Calaca Review, 2003

“Seed,” Other Voices, 2001

“Aranas,” Black Warrior Review, 2000

“Dario,” Santa Clara Review, 2000

“Caterpillars,” Fourteen Hills, 1999

Interview: Kate Motaung, author, A Place to Land
A discussion about displacement, surrender, and landing in the center of God’s will.

Interview: Emily Conrad, Author, Justice
An interview about hope, faithfulness, and writing.

Interview: Nathaniel Hansen, Editor, Windhover Journal
Exploring Christian perspectives and spiritual themes. Nathaniel Hansen chats about Windhover Journal.

Interview: Thom Caraway, Editor, Rock & Sling
Exploration and ambiguity. A chat with Thom Caraway, Editor of Rock & Sling.

Interview: Gregory Wolf, Editor, Image Journal
Grappling with religion in authentic ways. Interview with Image Journal Editor, Gregory Wolfe.

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Journal

Why I Repent Teaching in Secular Higher Education

An open letter of lament to my students This is my story.   What I am about to express opens...

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Here’s What Happens When It’s Unpopular to Call Out Sin

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. Calling wrong right is sin The...

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what-others-see
What Others See Is Not the Sum Total of Our Worth

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of...

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The Truth About Ethnic Names and Their Marks on Childhood

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well....

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