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 writer, a mom, a reader, a teacher, and a lover of all baked goods!
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, a fun way to spend an afternoon, a great means of exercising my happiness or frustration, but I never knew I could actually do something with it.
I majored in English in college because that's what gals with a love of British Lit do, and then I went to Oxford because, duh, Brit Lit! And then 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 and Journalism. Teaching runs in my blood (both of my parents are educators) and I liked teaching, especially the part where I got to act out Lady MacBeth's lines or read passages from To Kill a Mockingbird. But still, something was missing.
I left teaching to get a Masters in Professional Writing from USC. 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 realm of writing.
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 writer, too!
I found SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and three years later, I was asked to be a board member! And a year after that, my first book was published with Capstone Press. It was a nonfiction middle grade about fashions of the 80s and 90s, and I was, like, totally pumped! For reals. It was rad!
And now, as I have two more books with Capstone and continue with my middle grade and YA fiction, too, I think I am blessed to have found writing. I am also blessed that writing found me again. What I'd done all along turned out what I was meant to do. Duh!