Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada's high desert. They spend their mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.
Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She's worn many hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don't fit too tightly.
Jacci has written Bending Willow,about Riley and Mia, in search of a father who doesn't know they exist. It is the first book in The Finding Home Series. Bending Willow has been on Amazon's top 100 Middle Grade Action/Adventure list since it came out and represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. In addition to sharing her stories about Riley and Mia, Jacci is the author of the Amazon best-selling young adult series, The Finding Home Series.
Jacci has an active blog and has written articles for Middle Shelf Magazine and Conversations Journal. She loves connecting with readers so give her a buzz on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Linkedin, Tumblr, or Instagram.
Hitting a wall is when something happens that is so hard, you begin to question everything you know about God. This happened for me when I came out as a LGBTQIA ally and was asked to leave my Christian Organization. Hitting a wall through divorce, death of a loved one, getting sick, coming out as gay, or whatever it is, can push you out into a new stage of spiritual growth. But, it usually hurts first.
I was angry after I was asked to leave my job in ministry. I spent two years licking my wounds and trying to reorient myself to my faith. In loving my rainbow family, I knew I was doing what God called me to do, but it was hard to lose the respect of the Christian community I had worked so many years to build. I’d gone from being a popular speaker at women’s conferences and a national trainer in the area of prayer to zip, zilch, nada. Worse, I was suddenly suspect, with people saying things like “Jacci has left the reservation,” accompanied by unfriending me on Facebook. Words like liberal, apostate, and slippery slope were hurled in my direction. And the saddest accusation of all was that I didn’t have a “high view of scripture.” I love scripture, and it has been my life’s work to study it, meditate on it, and try to live by it. That accusation hurt.