I am a teacher, a reader, and a mom. But before all that, I was a writer.
My writing dream began when I was in sixth grade. The local library had a fiction contest and my teacher told me I should enter. I did, and I won! I was on my way, but first I'd have to realize just what my dream was.
I majored in English at Bucknell and went abroad to Oxford University, but I still didn't know I was a writer. I ended up in Bakersfield, CA teaching and the writing itch grew stronger. I went to USC where I earned a Masters in Professional Writing. I studied with some really wonderful writers, but I wondered where I might fit in the writing industry.
It wasn't until I had my son and started reading to him every day and every night, I finally figured it out- I was meant to be a children's writer!
Four years later, my first book was published with Capstone Press. And now, I am excited to announce my fifth book, UNBEATABLE BETTY, came out with HarperCollins June 9th. It is the story of a resilient woman who knew her dream couldn't be stopped... kind of like someone I know!
Art © Joanie Stone 2020
Picture of Betty Robinson, courtesy of the Robinson-Schwartz family