“I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” – Acts 20:24
Location: Montreal, Canada
Ever since I learned the alphabet, I’ve had an irrepressible affinity for the written word and, although I’m Armenian, the English language. My parents often found me poring over a dictionary or encyclopedia, or wielding a pen as I attacked word puzzle magazines or my older sister’s English exercise books. In elementary school, I made good use of my parents’ old manual typewriter and every scrap of blank paper I could find to produce one-of-a-kind family newsletters complete with articles, jokes, illustrations and puzzles. But I must have been a little thick in the head because it never dawned on me that I’d end up working in the publishing industry! I also loved sciences and assumed I’d end up an astronomer or chemist. I was obviously wrong, though I did unsuccessfully pursue studies in chemical technology for a short time.
In 1992, I started working for Home Builder Magazine and, within four years, went from typesetting and proofreading to managing the editorial department, copy editing and copy writing. In 1996, I launched my own business and began picking up desktop publishing, proofreading, copy editing and writing assignments. Nearly two decades later, I’ve had a few hundred articles published in dozens of magazines and newspapers and, something I really didn’t see coming at the beginning, I’m now the author or co-author of five devotional books.
As much as I love writing, I have a greater passion: serving God and telling others about Jesus Christ. I’m involved in many areas of service at my church, but particularly with women’s ministry and missions. When I’m not busy with a writing project or church activity, I enjoy many creative hobbies, such as calligraphy, sewing baby quilts, cooking and indoor gardening.
To read more about my journey as a writer, read this post on my personal blog: You Asked Me!