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Hi I'm Veronica

I'm an author of YA contemporary novels & picture books. I'm a recycle-knitter & a stay-at-home mother of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an author of children's literature, from picture books to young adult novels. My debut YA contemporary novel, TWELVE STEPS, released in 2014, and my debut picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS is upcoming from Harper Collins / Balzer & Bray November 15, 2016. I love working in the writing community, because kid lit writers are the most friendly, supportive people in the world, and I've made friends around the globe through my writing. My kids call me "Supermom" and I have so many interests and hobbies that sometimes it feels like I really am trying to do it all. I bake, knit, sew, scrapbook and I'm learning to build furniture. Now, if I could just figure out how to better manage my time, I wouldn't have quite so many unfinished projects going at once!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was almost eight years old, the age often referred to by Mormons as "the age of accountability" because that's when we're old enough to begin to understand the covenants we make at baptism, my father told me that it was important to know for myself that the gospel was true before making the commitment to be baptized. We studied the scriptures together, discussing Jesus' teachings and the promises we make to Him when we enter into the waters of baptism. It all seemed right to me, and I couldn't wait to be baptized! Then, one day, I sat in my Sunday School class listening to my teacher tell the story of Joseph Smith's first vision. She explained that Joseph attended many churches, but couldn't decide which one was true. The preachers and pastors all insisted that theirs was the true church, and all the others were wrong, and he didn't know who to believe. So one day, when reading in the Bible - in James chapter 1 verse 5, he came across a passage that said "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." Knowing that God was the only one who could answer his question, Joseph prayed for an answer. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph as he prayed, and they told Joseph that none of the churches on the earth at the time held the fulness of the gospel, and that he was chosen to be the Lord's representative on this earth to restore Jesus Christ's church to the world. I listened to this familiar story, and it suddenly occurred to me that I had never asked God if this church was true! "If people told Joseph Smith that theirs was the true church, and they were wrong," I thought, "how do I know that Joseph Smith was telling the truth?" I didn't wait until my teacher was finished I simply walked out of my Sunday School class, determined never to return until and unless I knew for sure that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really was the Lord's true church. I followed Joseph Smith's example, and I prayed, asking Heavenly Father to give me the truth. I didn't have a vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and I didn't see angels. But I did get a strong, undeniable confirmation of the truth of all that I had learned in my studies with my dad. And the Holy Spirit confirmed to my soul that God wouldn't lie to me about these things. I know that Jesus Christ is truly my Savior. I know that He has restored his true church to the earth today, and that we are led by a true, living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. And I know that the Spirit will testify of these things to any and all who ask with a sincere heart and a true desire to know. Because in the end, it doesn't matter how many people tell you of the truth, there will always be room for doubt. But when you follow James' counsel and "ask of God," Heavenly Father will give you the answers you need, and you will be able to know for sure, like I do!

How I live my faith

 I attend worship services with my family on Sundays, and we dedicate the rest of the day as a true day of rest. We have one hard and fast rule for the Sabbath - If it doesn't lead our thoughts and hearts to the Savior, it's not an appropriate activity for His day. So we give our television and mp3 players a time-out for the day, and we generally spend quiet time together as a family, reading books and playing board games and discussing all the things that have kept us busy in the past week. Sundays are an essential sanity-restorer! I feel so refreshed after my "day off" each week! However, I think it's important to be more than simply a "Sunday Christian." I try to live each day so that I wouldn't be embarrassed if the Savior showed up on my doorstep to spend the day with me. I'm not perfect, but I'm trying, and my children assure me that, when I take the time to worship in the Temple each week and read my scriptures regularly, I'm a better mother. Remembering all that the Lord has blessed me with makes it easier to be grateful for, and patient with, my amazing family!