Dani's Niche

Family history. A novel idea.

About Me

IMG_2958_enhanced_brighterI grew up in a small town on the west coast where my dad was a teacher and took our family on long cross country educational vacations every summer in our trailer.

My parents took us four kids to church, but in college I made two life-changing decisions: professing faith in Christ and dedicating myself to serve the Lord-anywhere. A few months after graduation, with a teaching degree in hand and to my parents’ horror, I set out for Africa!

For ten years the Lord matured me and allowed me the privilege of serving him among rural Kenyan high school students and in village evangelism.

When I thought singleness was my destiny, the Lord brought a wonderful man into my life. My husband and I served another ten years together in secondary schools and aviation.

We planned to have a family, but all too soon we reached the age when even adoption agencies rejected us as too old. Then God blessed us with an incredible son via private adoption. Africa called us back, this time to West Africa where the three of us lived among those who had never heard the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.

After we returned to the U.S. I taught elementary school and my husband worked as an electronic engineer. After retirement we decided to pull up stakes in California (our grandparents came in 1800s) to be near our son who had already moved to the Lone Star State. Our family has expanded since the end of 2018 when our son married a lovely nurse who also has a heart for missions.

I am thankful to be part of a group of local Christian writers who write stories about ordinary people who, like us, experience the Lord’s grace, mercy and love in daily life.

At 14 I won a Christmas poetry contest, and encouraged by my aunt, dabbled a bit over the years. Later I published magazine articles, devotionals and since leaving Africa have written four more with another to be released this year. See the list below.

For relaxation I enjoy reading and plunking on the piano. My husband and I love the outdoors whether hiking, cycling, or camping. We recently upgraded from a tent to teardrop trailer, hoping to head out for more adventures this year.

My books:

A historical fiction series, “Stone’s Hope,” includes “Stone’s Hope, “The Stone House,” and “Winter Music.” I’m sure once you meet this family, you will want to follow their story in all three books.

The two children’s books are “A Whistle in the Wind, a picture book for ages 3-6, and “The Wright Pages,” a historical fiction book for kids 7-10.

If you enjoy my books, please leave reviews on amazon as this is helpful to others looking for wholesome reading.

Thank you so much for visiting my website.

updated December 2020