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Official Website of
Children's Book Author
Writer & Storyteller
Who I Am
While teaching K and 1st grades for six years, I fell in love with writing for and with children. Although I had enjoyed writing from a young age, and taken creative writing classes in college, it was teaching the process of writing to young kids that changed things. There is nothing like a harmony of 20-some busy bodies in various stages of a Writer's Workshop where kids are learning to share their own stories.
Now I share the magic of writing with my own two young boys, and devote my time to creating my own stories.
My literacy credentials include a B.A. In Early Childhood Education from Wake Forest University, a M.Ed. in Early Literacy Education from the University of Virginia, and National Board Certification in Literacy. I have written literacy curriculum for Pages & Chapters, an educational nonprofit for increasing family literacy. I am a member of Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators and two critique groups.
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No, You're Not Nosy AT ALL!
I have a ten year old dog whose inner puppy never aged: his favorite game is still refuse-to-come-in-when-it's-about-to-pour because apparently I look quite amusing running around the yard cajoling him in the rain (okay, he's right on that one).
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I grew up in Washington, DC, met my husband while living in North Carolina, and now live in Falls Church, VA.
My blood is probably half-Le Croix and half-Chai Tea Latte (I'm pretty sure that was my son's first words).
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*Scrolling is Caring* as they say
I live in an old (early 20th century) house that a railroad conductor built. He would walk right out each morning to his railroad in the front yard and travel. Near or far, meeting all sorts of people with different agendas, all coming or going. I aim to embody that sense of journey. Even when you can't physically travel far, you can listen deeply to those around you and the voices in diverse books.
I also love to plant things, so many of my works feature nature.
THANK YOU AND THE END!
I can't wait to tell you about my first published book here...
"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves"