Heart of Flesh Literary Journal is founded and edited by Veronica McDonald. Veronica is a published fiction writer, poet, artist, and mom of three children. She holds an M.A. in Literature from American University. You can see her writings, original artwork, and a list of publications on her personal website:

Veronica became a born-again Christian in July 2016 when Jesus saved her from anxiety, depression, and a nihilistic worldview.  Since then, she has been fascinated with good and evil, love and fear, life and death, and the various ways the Gospel and biblical themes shine out of secular literature, movies, and storytelling. This fascination is often reflected in her writing and art. You can read her Christian testimony on the Heart of Flesh blog.

Veronica began Heart of Flesh Literary Journal in 2019 while trying to figure out where she belonged in the literary world now that she was no longer an atheist. Christian fiction seemed too tame. Secular literature too hopeless and immoral. In Heart of Flesh, she found the grit in the Christ-influenced world, and it’s been an amazing journey of discovery.

Veronica also edits and publishes a literary journal for kids and families, called Pure in Heart Stories. Pure in Heart accepts Christian-themed work from all ages, and is co-edited by Veronica’s pre-teen daughter.

Volunteer / Reader

Katie Yee is a Christian freelance book editor who loves working alongside fiction and nonfiction authors as they develop, strengthen, and perfect their manuscripts. She works with both independent authors and traditional publishers. Her editing business is called Blue Jay Editing Services (

The older she gets (she’s not that old yet!), the more she learns how good it feels to live life as a little girl walking hand-in-hand with her heavenly Father. That little girl doesn’t need all the answers and doesn’t know what’s coming next. But she courageously skips along because of the strength, power, and goodness of the One beside her. Katie lives in southern Indiana with her husband and four sons.