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 because that's what readers with a love of British Lit do. But I still didn't know I was a writer.
I ended up in Bakersfield, CA teaching high school English because teaching runs in my blood (both of my parents are educators). The writing itch grew stronger, so 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!
I found the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and four years later, my first book was published with Capstone Press.
And now, I am excited to announce my fourth book, The Eternal Soldier, comes out with little bee books May 7th. It was inspired by a trip to my home state, Pennsylvania, and in a beautiful bit of symmetry, my writing journey returns to where it all began.