I grew up on a small farm in a town with no stoplights, but I knew the world was a big place because of the books my mom read to me.
We eventually traded life on the farm for life in a desert town, much bigger and more varied. It was a shock to my young system and I hated it … at first.
Books were my friends those first few days and my escape.
After time, I came to love my home and the educational opportunities that came with a bigger city. I eventually went off to college, with a stint in Finland in between, and graduated with a degree in public relations.
I landed my first job in high-tech doing International PR. Moved from there to work at a private college in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and eventually on to D.C., where I worked in the Community Relations arm of an international organization.
As most good stories go, I met a man, fell in love and decided to marry him. He was a foreign service officer on his way overseas, so I joined him.
I’d already traveled quite a bit before getting married, so my family’s adventures abroad just added to the stories brewing in my head. I had to find a place to put them. I decided to dust off the dream of childhood and write my own stories.
I’ve since joined The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Julie Hedlund’s 12×12, and completed Joyce Sweeney’s Picture Book Essentials Class, Mira Reisberg’s Picture Book Academy, Emma Walton Hamilton’s Just Write Middle Grade, Renee LaTulippe’s Lyrical Language Lab and James Patterson’s Master Class.
A few of my favorite children’s book creators are:
Don and Aubrey Wood
Godeleine de Rosamel
Chris Van Allsburg
Gail Carson Levine
Madeline L’EngleAntoinette Portis
JK of course
Bill Watterson—okay, technically he’s not a kid’s writer, but I loved him as a kid.
And too many to go on …
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”