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I'm Erendira
I share lovely things.

About Me

I’m a Christian who writes. I’m a wife, mom, and home educator.

My fiction, essays, poetry, and prose appear widely in various publications.

I have a BA from UCLA and an MFA from Mills College.

I’m a Mount Hermon Writers Alumni and a NaNoWriMo Winner 2015.

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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 reacquainted myself with the literary scene. How does one catch up after so much has taken place in such a long time? Technology, publishing, and literary journals have changed dramatically and it seemed liked I was sleeping through it all.

This long sabbatical from publishing wasn’t lost on me for all those years. Just when it appeared as if my MFA was a vapor of sorrow, a traumatic and disastrous family experience brought me out of my slumber and into a cathartic state of writing again. 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 ERO Creative.

I write book reviews and am fascinated by faith, art, redemption, transformation, and renewal.

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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Book Review: Dorothea’s Eyes by Barb Rosenstock

BOOK REVIEW During a trip to the library with my children, I perused the aisles of picture books nestled tightly...

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Book Review: Suffering Is Never for Nothing by Elisabeth Elliot

BOOK REVIEW In 1956, while attempting to make missionary contact with the Huaorani people of eastern Ecuador, Elisabeth Elliot’s (December...

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Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Retreat

DAY 3 These past few days have been thick with possibility. All my goals rest in His mighty hands. I've...

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Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Retreat

DAY 5 One of the biggest frustrations of a writer during a Christian Writers’ conference, I've observed, is knowing if...

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Book Review: As My Parents Age by Cynthia Ruchti

BOOK REVIEW Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote that the bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds...

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Here Is What Happens When You Stand Alone

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of...

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