I’m Bel and am writing a book, tentatively titled Child of God, Unauthorized Stories of the Missionary Position.
It’s memoir about my childhood, and what it was like to be born into a “maverick” group of Christian missionaries called the Children of God (also considered to be a radical sex cult). My parents were in a polygamous, open marriage, and I ended up with 15 brothers and sisters, living below the poverty line. I was rigorously taught the teachings of the wacky old coot prophet, not allowed to attend school, and isolated from society other than to help save others from eternal damnation. The book is full of heartwarming tales about all that.
As for my adulthood, I’ve owned my own photography business, have been an actress, census taker, leasing agent, and have worked in marketing and promotions. What I’ve found in the last five years though, is that my life’s purpose is to write to find my voice, unify, and heal. Since then I’ve written for news websites, and hurrah! — this book.
I’m passionate about literature. I love TED talks. Humor is my soul medicine. I moved to California from Hillbillyville Florida ten years ago, and met an amazing person who is now my husband. We have two rabbits together (as well as two children we plan on adopting).