Hi! I’m Britney. I’m a passionate Jesus follower and a writer, editor, college ministry wife, and homeschooling mom of five. I began inhaling words and stories at the age of 3 and haven’t stopped since!
As a young teen, I stepped into the worlds of fictional characters through the writing of authors such as Lynn Austin, Francine Rivers, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Their books showed me that stories can be powerful vessels of life-transforming truth that shape how we think about God, ourselves, and other people.
These, along with dozens of other books and authors since, influenced my heart and life in ways all the nonfiction books in the world never could. Don’t get me wrong—I love nonfiction too (I'm coauthoring a nonfiction discipleship series with my husband)—but I am particularly drawn to novels that thread deep spiritual truth into the story to reveal the beautiful tapestry of God’s love, grace, and unrelenting pursuit of woeful sinners like myself.
I am an intensely passionate person, and I love equally intensely passionate stories (a twist of suspense or mystery just sweetens the deal!). My favorite stories to read, watch, and write feature imperfect characters who encounter the harsh and often heart-wrenching realities of living in a broken world and the God who is making all things new. I also love hearing (and telling) stories of how God works in and through people to draw them to Himself.
I like to say that my writing is Storyformed, that is, that it's shaped by the Story of God, the grand overarching narrative of Jesus's redeeming work on our behalf. I published my first Storyformed fiction book, Finding Freedom, in January 2020. It's the first in The Prodigal Series, a three (maybe four...maybe five...) part romantic suspense series.
My husband and I have been ministering to college students for over a decade in the Kansas City Metro area. Together we've been writing a series of discipleship books for use with new, mature, and not-yet believers through individual discipleship or small groups. The first book, Gospel Foundation, released in the fall of 2020. Cowriting has been a beautiful blend of our gifting and teamwork and an outflow of years of study, ministry, and discipleship.
In the fall of 2020, I launched my publishing company, Storyformed Press, which I like to say is the tiny seed of a big someday dream. In addition to publishing my own works, I've had the joy of coming alongside some amazing people to make their publishing dreams a reality as they use the unique voice God has given them. These works include Born: Uncovering the Beauty of the Nativity, an illustrated Advent devotional, and The Story, a devotional accompanying songs and paintings walking through the biblical narrative. I'm working with another author to republish her Christmas children's book in 2022.
Over the years I've helped a variety of churches and nonprofits with their content and graphic design needs. Right now I have the joy of using my gifts and skills to help my husband's ministry, Collegiate Impact. I also write stories about Missouri college ministries for The Pathway, the news publication of the Missouri Baptist Convention, and serve as the editor for The Collegiate DiscipleMaker, the resourcing blog of MBCollegiate.
When I’m not chasing my five kids (well, okay, one is still attached to me most of the time), hanging out with my husband, spending time with my Savior, or investing in college-aged women, you’ll find my introvert self snuggled on my favorite chair, my bed, the deck or in the corner of a coffee shop, latte (and chocolate) in hand, buried in writing. On a nice day you'll find me walking or hiking deep in thought or prayer.
Take a look around, and thanks for stopping by! (and if you want more details on my life than you ever needed to know, check out my formal bio below).
Britney Lyn Hamm is a writer, editor, graphic designer, wife, and mom of five with a passion for Jesus, a passion for people, and a passion for writing. She believes words, particularly stories, are powerful vessels of life-transforming truth. Reading and writing have been instrumental in her own growth and spiritual walk, and her desire is that her writing transforms the way other people think, feel, and live.
Britney began inhaling fiction at a young age and began writing her own stories shortly after. Her classical secondary education taught her the art of critical thinking, articulating thought, writing, and public speaking. She went on to college in Kansas City where she obtained a degree in Psychology from UMKC. It was there at UMKC that she met the love of her life while he was sharing the gospel of Jesus with another student. They have been married since 2009 and ministering to college students in the Kansas City area since. Britney is passionate about seeing the gospel transform every area of life. She loves walking young women through the college years and all that comes with them.
Her experience working with women in college ministry has exposed her to the real problems of real people who are grappling with real questions of life, love, God, pain, and suffering. She has listened to the stories of countless young women who are dealing with the effects of broken relationships, dysfunctional families, sexual and physical abuse, body image struggles, and bondage to a pursuit of goodness apart from Jesus. She believes there is only one answer to all of these problems—and that answer is wrapped up in the person of Jesus Christ, who loves and pursues us with a passionate, earth-stopping, life-transforming, unrelenting love.
In the last decade, Britney has helped nonprofits, churches, and small businesses capture and communicate their message to their audience through content and design. In 2016, she edited a nonfiction book written by a survivor of sex trafficking called The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited through Eyes of Love.
In her own writing, Britney focuses on real characters who experience the harsh realities of a broken world and the God who, through his love, makes all things new. Spiritual truth laces her stories, and her stories are the fruit of her own questions, doubts, struggles, and realizations in her journey with God.
In 2020, Britney accomplished her lifelong dream with the publishing of her debut novel, Finding Freedom, the first Storyformed romantic suspense novel in The Prodigal Series.
Wherever God leads her fiction writing in the future, Britney's pray is that God will use the raw brokenness of the characters in her story juxtaposed with the unrelenting pursuit of a loving God to breathe life and hope into those who are hurting.
In the fall of 2020, Britney and her husband published their first discipleship resource together. Discipleship Lab: Gospel Foundation is the first in a series of four books designed to help people follow Jesus in all areas of their lives through solid theology, heart-level transformation, and practical application, all wrapped up in a beautifully designed format.
Britney launched her publishing company, Storyformed Press, in the fall of 2020. In addition to publishing her own works, Storyformed Press has published Born: Uncovering the Beauty of the Nativity, an illustrated Advent devotional, and The Story, a devotional accompanying songs and paintings walking through the biblical narrative.