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Introducing the Writer and Her Purpose


My name is Hannah, and I am absolutely in love with the art (and dare I say, magic) of storytelling, specifically as it’s done in books

That’s why I majored in English at Iowa State University and graduated with a license to teach Engligh Language Arts and English as a Second Language to kiddos grades 5-12. During my time in college and teaching in middle school and high school classrooms, my love for children’s literature grew and grew until all I wanted to do was curl up by a nice fire and become a professional reader. Sadly, those jobs are hard to come by and have a real intense interview process. So, I did the next best thing: I went to a local bookstore that had become a safe haven (cough, cough, Mystery to Me) in a new and unfamiliar city, and I asked for a job. Turns out, they liked me enough to hire me, and now, I get to share my love of reading and storytelling with the good people of Madison, WI.

My favorite part about this gig is, without a doubt, my time in the kids’ section. 

While I’m perfectly content roaming the shelves on my own, it’s the very best when I get to help a student find their next big read. There’s something so special about hearing which stories have shaped the way these students think, feel, and act in the world.

So, why did I start “ Wildflower Press ?” 

There are so many fantastic reads available to us in 2019, and this is a great gift! It’s wonderful that young readers can find a book about any topic that interests them, but for parents, this can pose a challenge. Even the most avid readers can’t read everything. It’s just not possible. It’s certainly not possible as a parent trying to juggle work, school functions, laundry, meal plans, and (Heaven forbid) their own interests. This is where I come in.

My goal is to take one thing of your plate, whether you’re a parent trying to stay aware of the content your child is reading or you’re someone who loves to read but just doesn’t have the time to scroll through the thousands of books on Goodreads before choosing your next read. Here’s a breakdown of the pages you’ll find

  • “About Me”
    • Contact Me
    • Email List – here, you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter highlighting new books as well as insights from a variety of readers, authors, booksellers, and more!
  • Blog
    • Ta-da! You’re already here!
    • Read my general thoughts on stories, faith, and sometimes (gasp!) hot topics in our cultural, political, and personal lives.
    • All opinions in the blog entries are entirely my own, unless otherwise specified. 
  • “Spotlight Reads”
    • Find top reads in each genre as told by myself, kids, and parents.
    • These will also feature my favorite audiobooks, courtesy of Libro.fm! Libro.fm is an amazing platform to find all of the latest and greatest audiobooks around. They also help you support your local bookstore! With every book you purchase, your local bookstore will receive a percentage of the sale! BONUS: If you #switch from Audible to Libro.fm, you’ll receive a 3-for-1 deal when you sign up – That’s 3 audiobooks for $14.95!
  • “Reviews“ 
    • Find book reviews for picture books and middle grade and young adult fiction (the latter two including “trigger warnings” about sensitive content as well as suggestions for conversations to have with your kiddos as they read that particular story).
    • Again, all opinions used to describe the books’ themes and content are mine and mine alone, unless otherwise specified.

A Word on Faith, Culture, and Worldview

The blog is a place for me to share what I’ve learned through stories, and faith is a big part of my story. I am a Christian. I believe everything I have in this life is a direct result of the sacrifice Jesus paid for my brokenness. I believe I’m called to love ALL people, including those who hold entirely opposite beliefs of my own. 

The lens through which I see the world is shaped by my beliefs about God, humanity, and how they are in relationship with the world we live in. I believe humans have the freedom to accept or reject ideas as they desire. In other words, I’m not here to make you think just like me.  

At times, I will write about how my faith affects my life. Other times, I won’t. Whether we have the same beliefs or not, I am SO happy you are here! There are plenty of ways for us to divide ourselves in 2019, and I think we can all agree that it would be nice if the love of reading and storytelling could UNITE readers of all backgrounds.

Let’s try it, shall we?

2 thoughts on “Introducing the Writer and Her Purpose

  1. Hi Hannah! I enjoyed reading your blog and info about you! I, too, graduated from ISU in English and secondary education (ahem, in 1986). I taught for several years and then stayed home and schooled my four kiddos for 19 years. My greatest joy was to get them instill in them a love of reading! So, yay for you as you encourage all your readership to dive into the magic of books! Now that I’m no longer homeschooling, I’m pursuing my dream of writing children’s books. So much to learn in this world of writing. Just curious, are you involved with the Cornerstone church plant in Madison? All of my kids have been involved with Salt Company. Blessings to you as you pursue your reading and writing dream!

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