These are a few of my favorite things: the Bard meets Legos, holding my very first book in my hot little hands, and me sharing my fashion and hair mistakes of the 80s and 90s, proving I was meant to write that book!
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! First place! Three years in a row! I was on my way, but first I'd have to realize just what my dream was.
I always knew writing was a part of me, but I never knew I could actually do something with it.
I majored in English at Bucknell and went abroad to Oxford University because that's what readers with a love of British Lit do. I still did t know I was a writer. I graduated from Bucknell University, a well-rounded liberal arts scholar with no earthly idea what I was going to do next.
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, well-known writers, and I spent my time in awe of them and wondering where I might fit in the writing industry.
I graduated, got married, and had my son. I was meant to be a mom! And as I started reading to my baby every day and every night, I finally figured it out- I was meant to be a children's writer, too!
I found SCBWI (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, a nonfiction picture book will be printed with Little Bee in summer of 2019. 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.