Havalah Ruth Peirce

Moi, circa 2021.

is an aspiring author and self-taught artist whose dream is to get a book published someday. Originally from Washington, she now lives in the (truly! Y’all come down here sometime) great state of Texas and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Havalah is an INTJ. She is also a freshman at a small classical Christian college in the Houston, Texas, area.

As a Christian, Havalah strives to live for God alone, and prays that her faith would be reflected in all that she says and does, writes and draws. She believes that if a word can touch just one life and point them to God, it is all worth it.

Havalah has been making up stories since she was a toddler. She frequently told them to her toys (a most gracious audience), but, unfortunately, rarely wrote any of them down. It wasn’t until early 2018, when she received a school assignment requiring her to write an original short story, that she began to realize writing was her calling. As of 2021, Havalah has three official works-in-progress, plus a plethora of story scraps that she may or may not ever do something with. For more on her WIPs, see here!

Havalah’s other interests include reading, thinking, traveling, and letting Spotify seep into her soul. She can also be found dreaming about the Regency era, hoarding sweaters, and enjoying scenic country drives. Lastly, she’d like it on the record that she liked boba tea before it was cool.

(P.S., Her name is pronounced HAH-vuh-luh. Not HAY-vuh-luh. Not Hah-VAH-luh. But if you’ve tried hard and still can’t get it, it’s okay. She’s used to it.)

(P.P.S., All right, enough of that third person nonsense.)

My beliefs

I am a Christian and attend a small, non-denominational Bible church. I believe in the Trinity, the truth of the whole Bible, and salvation by grace. I am also a Creationist and pre-Tribulationist.

I hold to conservative values and harbor a deep and undying love for my country, despite its faults. I stand against abortion and homosexuality as well as other “progressive” agendas.

My interests

Favorite books

I have been a devoted (albeit slow) reader since the age of two. I love books because they serve as a window to other worlds, cultures, and histories; and I have always admired the talented people who were able to bring those windows to life by means of the written word. The following is a list of my very favorite books. (For a similar, more thoughtful list, see here.)

Fiction

  • Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
  • Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
  • The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Mistmantle Chronicles (in particular: The Heir of Mistmantle, Urchin and the Rage Tide, Urchin and the Heartstone) | M. I. McAllister
  • The Green Ember series (in particular: The Archer’s Cup, Ember’s End, Ember Falls) | S. D. Smith
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
  • The Harry Potter series (in particular: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) | J. K. Rowling
  • The Nutcracker | E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • The Redwall series (in particular: Taggerung, Redwall, Marlfox, Mariel of Redwall) | Brian Jacques

Nonfiction

  • Mere Christianity | C. S. Lewis
  • How Should We Then Live? | Francis Schaeffer

Favorite authors

  • Jane Austen
  • S. D. Smith
  • Peter J. Leithart
  • Charles Dickens
  • William Shakespeare
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Brian Jacques

Favorite films

  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (in particular: Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End)
  • Star Wars (in particular: the most recent three)
  • Marvel (in particular: Infinity War, Endgame, Doctor Strange, Age of Ultron, Civil War)
  • The Hobbit (in particular: The Desolation of Smaug)
  • Brother Bear
  • Little Women (2019)
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Fantastic Beasts (in particular: The Crimes of Grindelwald)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)

Favorite TV series

  • Pride and Prejudice (1995)
  • WandaVision
  • Bluey
  • The Office (American version)
  • Stranger Things
  • The Lion Guard