I’m a California girl and I’ve been writing a long time. I’ve been the newsletter queen in school, church and community since forever, a talent I was fortunate enough to spin into a career at Hewlett Packard Co. where I produced, managed and edited a number of communications. Now I am blessed to pursue my lifelong dream of writing as God leads.
My husband and I have been married for 45 years. We are living our dream in the foothills near Yosemite and a desert retreat in Arizona. Our two grown children and two school age grand children live on the coast and on an island in the Puget Sound, which delights me as well; great places to visit and they are great kids.
About my faith
I did not come from a churchgoing family, but my nana taught me the Lord’s Prayer and offered to drop me off at church of my choice. I didn’t have a living faith until a Young Life leader connected the dots for me when I was in college. My sister became a Christian in college as well. She led my mother to the Lord and I led my father to the Lord. I married a Christian man and active faith has always been central in our family.
About my books
The Sheep Walker’s Daughter is about a lonely woman who receives a mysterious phone call after her secretive mother dies. She discovers she has a family and a heritage she knew nothing about. When she opens her heart, she loses everything, but now she has choices. She can continue to walk the familiar path of bitterness, or she can trust God and build new relationships. Setting is the Fifties in California and the Basque Country in Spain.
In the sequel, The Lyre and the Lambs which will be out in September, it’s the Sixties and introverted Dee is now the matriarch of a growing family. She comes to question choices that have attracted a troubled boy to her doorstep, angered her neighbors and threatened the future of the life she and her daughter Valerie are trying to build.
A favorite character in both books is Father Mike, an Anglican priest. His wisdom sticks with readers after they turn the last page. His advice is Biblical, timely, and respectful of the situations my characters find themselves in and the range of emotions they feel.
About my blog
I blog at http://sydneyavey.com/blog once or twice a week. I share on topics I think will interest readers and writers. My theme is Let’s Get Real. The topic might be cultural trends, books or movies, or insights I’ve gained from my travels, but I always try to dig to the deepest levels of human hope and fear and connect that to God’s word.
A Genesis5020 moment
Under stress working for a driven boss who was pushing me to do things I considered unethical, I prayed on my drive home, God, I need a break. The next day, on that same stretch of road, I hit a car when the uninsured driver made an illegal turn in front of me. I suffered an open compound fracture that put me out of work for three months.
Now that I was immobilized, people I previously had no time for came to spend time with me. When I returned to work I found the courage to stand up to my boss. I told her I would not give up the physical therapy appointments that were critical to regaining my mobility (she prided herself on neglecting her health to work long hours). When I took another job that was better suited to me she told me she had learned from my example that health and balance in life were important.
Time to appreciate people, courage to stand up for what I believed, and a generous settlement for the damage caused by an uninsured driver were ways God made good out of what could have been a crippling accident. My ankle was broken in ten places. It healed completely.
My life verse
It’s a bit obscure but Psalm 49:4 says, “I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.” (ESV). Faith is a mystery. If we are willing to work the puzzle of faith—the way a poet works with words until rhythm and meaning emerge, the way a musician practices a difficult passage of music until it finally comes together—then God reveals some of the picture to us and gives us His peace. That’s what I do when I write, I solve my riddles on the harp of faith.
My contact info
Email: mailto:email@example.comWebsite: http://sydneyavey.com Blog: http://sydneyavey.com/blog Facebook: https://www.facebook/sydney.avey Twitter: https://twitter.com/SydneyAvey LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sydneyavey Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/yosemitesyd/boards/
Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Sydney. We love hearing from authors.
Readers, Sydney is giving away an audio recording of her book. I am super excited about that. I love listening to books because I can do it when I am driving to and from work. It’s a great way to get your reading done and use your time wisely 🙂 Leave a comment for Sydney by July 1st at 5:00 p.m. to be entered in the drawing.