Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer’s store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. She’s the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation (all published by Bethany House) and Still Life in Shadows (River North/Moody). Her devotional is Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache (Leafwood Publishers). Her sixth novel, Under the Silk Hibiscus (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) is her first historical fiction.
Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.
She has four children–Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel’s House Publications in her son’s memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle. In 2013, she published Memories Around the Table, which holds the recipes and memories of loved ones of all ages.
During World War Two, fifteen-year-old Nathan and his family are sent to Heart Mountain, an internment camp in Wyoming for Japanese-Americans. Nathan’s one desire, along with hoping that the beautiful singer Lucy will notice him, is to protect the family’s gold pocket watch, a family heirloom brought over from Japan. His attempts are noble, but the watch is stolen. Nathan’s actions to get the watch returned cause more turmoil for his family. Struggling to make sense of his life in “the land of freedom,” Nathan discovers truths about his family, God, forgiveness, and the girl he loves.
Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar young adult fiction novels in this genre may be categorized as: teen fiction, inspirational YA fiction, christian fiction, and clean, wholesome young adult fiction.
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Alice has had articles published in the following publications: Back Home Magazine, ByLine Magazine, Personal Journaling, The Upper Room, Canadian Writer’s Journal, Alive Now, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul, The Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent, Feminine Writes, The Bond Between a Mother and a Son Lasts Forever (Blue Mountain Arts), Carolina Parent, Sydney’s Child Magazine, Carolina Woman (winner of the 2001 Writer’s Contest), Bereavement Magazine, Living With Loss Magazine, We Need Not Walk Alone, Span Connection.
Alice presents online writing courses—-Writing the Heartache—and other workshops across the country. She also has a line of remembrance cards and thank you cards. She is a contributing writer at Open to Hope where she writes on grief and loss. Her three blogs are Writing the Heartache, Alice’s Patchwork Quilt and Broken Psalms. You can reach Alice at: firstname.lastname@example.org