Hello, and welcome!

Earlier this year, I quietly started Evensong Stories, a publication on Substack, where I share my short fiction. I’d love for you to come check it out! Recent stories include:

  • “Rose at Dawn,” a retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in Victorian England (with a twist!)
  • “In a Different Light,” a YA story: Even though Amelia’s had a secret crush on her friend Ben for more than three years, she agrees to ask him if he’ll go to prom with her best friend, Callie. Drama, of a rather ugly sort, ensues.
  • “Keep the Lights Burning,” a dual timeline story set in the 1870’s at a lighthouse in Puget Sound and in 2008 at a historic inn. (One of my very favorite stories to write!)

And there are more coming each month. So, please come join me! Just click the link below and enter your email address. Or, if you have the Substack app, please subscribe to Evensong Stories.

“What a beautiful, gracious work this is!”

—Lancia E. Smith, Publisher & Executive Director, Cultivating Oaks Press

In the title story, a young American woman discovers a stash of sonnets in the attic of her great-grandmother’s Herefordshire home and sets out to unravel the mystery of their authorship, finding friendship and love along the way.

Four additional stories round out this debut fiction collection. Whether depicting the affection of a daughter for her mother, the love of a woman for her husband, the friendship of women in community, or the simple kindness of a stranger, these stories are quiet and gladsome tales of ordinary people learning to trust and love in extraordinary ways.

Sign up below to read the first two chapters of the title story “A Yellow Wood.”

What People Are Saying About A Yellow Wood and Other Stories:

“I loved every word of K.C. Ireton’s A Yellow Wood and Other Stories. The…deep layers of complexity and untold secrets ring true to real life—an undeniable testament to Ireton’s talent as a storyteller.”

—Maribeth Barber Albritton, author of Operation Lionhearted

 

“In A Yellow Wood and Other Stories, K. C. Ireton offers stories of the kind I like best—stories that yield even more empathy and humanity upon a second and third reading, whose settings and characters make me want to pay a neighborly visit again and again.”

 —Amy Baik Lee, author of This Homeward Ache

“Only K. C. Ireton could make a contemporary story sound like a classic. This was lovely to read.”

—Jody L. Collins, author of Hearts on Pilgrimage and Mining the Bright Birds

 

“There are so many wonderful layers to this story. I will be thinking about it for a long time. Reading it was like being wrapped slowly and gently into a warm blanket surrounded by the arms of our heavenly Father.”

—June Caedmon, author of Pearl of Great Price series

“These stories are sweet and satisfying and so well told. K. C. Ireton achieves something substantial in these brief tales: she reveals the true power and weight of kindness…. I turned the final page with enormous gratitude for this reminder that a quiet life is not incompatible with a fruitful life.”

 —Christie Purifoy, author of Placemaker and Garden Maker

“K.C. Ireton brings a particular quality of beauty to life in A Yellow Wood and Other Stories: the beauty of grace. Something in her finely crafted characters reminds me of Elizabeth Goudge, portraying a range of human qualities and predicaments, yet held in a certain cast of light….I am elevated as I read Ireton’s work, and that, too, is grace spilling out of pages into life.

—Lancia E. Smith, Publisher & Executive Director, Cultivating Oaks Press

 

Hello there! I’m glad you’re here! I’m K. C. Ireton. I’m the author of several non-fiction books, but my first love has always been fiction, so I’m thrilled that my very first collection of stories will be published this fall.

Regardless of genre, my writing centers on the Christian spiritual life, on learning to recognize the God who always is all everywhere, and on living into the promise of His presence. This is the heart of everything I write, this promise of God-with-us, whose perfect love casts out our fear.

If you want more God in your life—more peace, more joy—you’re in the right place. Walk with me as we learn together to attend to the presence of God right where we are.

The church year is a uniquely Christian way of marking time. When K. C. Ireton began to understand this, even the most ordinary moments of her life resonated with the stories of Scripture.

In this book, she traces the circle of the liturgical year—from Advent to Ordinary Time—describing the origin of each season and its ongoing relevance for our lives. The Circle of Seasons presents a simple and traditional way of building your life around your faith, rather than the other way around.

Beautiful words, deep thoughts…speak my language of rhythm and liturgy and make me yearn for more God. The Circle of Seasons shows us how to keep company with Jesus.

Ann Voskamp

author, One Thousand Gifts

You don’t have to live with chronic anxiety. You don’t have to live hurried and harried. You don’t have to live in fear. You can live with more peace and more joy.

In Anxious No More, K. C. Ireton outlines eight habits that freed her from two decades of chronic anxiety, and she shows how embracing these eight practices can help you, too, to step into a life of freedom and joy. 

A biblically and theologically sound approach to healthy embodied spiritual practices.

Fr. Steve Tompkins

Holy Trinity Edmonds