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Meet April Stier

April StierI have loved the English language since I could first speak (in fact, my mom always says I didn’t have a first word, I had a first sentence!) Before I could read, I memorized my favorite books and pretended to read them to my family. Once I entered school, I devoured every book I could lay my hands on. I enjoyed writing stories in school, but my creativity often took the form of acting or role-playing at home. I imagined scenarios or stories and instead of transferring my ideas to paper, I transferred them to my dolls who starred as my leading characters. When Mom asked me to help clean the house, I pretended I was Cinderella or a maid in an elegant hotel. I would get so caught up in my imaginary world that I often stopped to have conversations (in my head or sometimes out loud) with imaginary characters while I was cleaning, and my family teased me often when they found me talking to myself.

My imagination continued to grow, and in middle school my dream to be a writer formed and developed under my mom’s encouragement. I excelled in my English classes throughout high school, and I knew without a doubt that I wanted a career in writing. I enrolled at Bethel College and still remember the first day in my first writing class. I was scared witless! My heart hammered in my chest, my hands trembled, and I felt overwhelmed with fear that I wouldn’t make it. That fear stuck with me throughout my freshman and sophomore year until one class and one event changed my life. My professor Kim Peterson coached me through my fears in her class "Marketing a Manuscript", and God spoke powerfully to me through my brother’s best friend’s tragic death. Since then, I have been striving to be the writer that God made me to be, and I am leaving the results up to Him! I finally began submitting my work to magazines, and I am still humbled by the encouraging responses I have received. I know that this is what God has called me to do, and I am no longer filled with fear, but with joy and excitement!

I graduated from Bethel in May 2004 with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Biblical Studies, and an A.A. in Professional Writing. My dream for now? To be a full time freelance writer and editor for the Christian market. The journey of becoming a professional writer has been an adventure so far, and I can’t wait to find out what God has in store for my future!