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Dayle ShockleyIn 1986, as a new mother getting a mere three hours of sleep at night, Dayle Shockley had a crazy idea: she would be a writer. With nothing more than a notion and a cranky Corona typewriter, she entered a regional writing contest and was shocked when she won first place. What started with a bang, however, soon fizzled. She soon had enough rejection slips to wallpaper her office. But she hung in there, and God blessed her efforts.

Today, Dayle is an award-winning writer whose byline has appeared on more than 200 articles and essays in national and regional publications, including The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Beaumont Enterprise, Southern Families Magazine, Houston Woman, Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Moody Magazine, Catholic Digest, Standard, Power for Living, and Christian Home & School, and online at dallasnews.com, o8sis.com, wvec.com, jewishworldreview.com, homebodies.org, adopt.org, newsandopinion.com, safamily.org.za, motheraid.com, menslife.org, mare.org, witandwisdom.org, lovetakestime.com, adoptionjewels.org, pe.com, and drlaura.com.

In addition to her freelance writing, Dayle is the author of three books and has contributed to 19 other works, including A Family Christmas by Dr. James Dobson, multiple Chicken Soup titles, and other popular anthologies. In 2001, Dayle received an Amy Writing Award for her editorial, "Prayer returns to front," in The Dallas Morning News.

When asked why she writes, Dayle said, "All of us require answers about something, and we all have similar struggles and heartaches. We need articles and books and websites that offer hope and encouragement and information. This is why I write. To encourage, to inspire, to inform, to change, to motivate, to reach across the miles and touch a reader's life in some small way. It is a privilege."

Dayle lives in Texas with her husband of 30 years, Stan. They have one grown daughter.