I love to read. I love to write. I love to learn. It is my mission to do all of these every day. Look around to discover my favorite books, what is inspiring my writing, and to share and discuss stories!
I write children’s books.
When I’m not writing, I teach fourth grade, take care of my own personal zoo, learn about computer science, run, rock climb, paint, and spend time with family.
Truly these are research and inspiration for whatever I will write next.
I have lived all over the United States. As a baby I survived Nor’Easters in Buffalo, New York, as a child I took cover from tornadoes in St. Louis, Missouri, and as a teenager I felt the earth tremor and quake in San Diego, California. I settled in my favorite place in 2013 and live with my husband and dozens of fury and scaly pets just north of Boston, Massachusetts.
Have you ever read a book that spoke of something you’ve always felt, but never been able to put into words?
Have you ever read a book that you’ve enjoyed so thoroughly that you wish you thought to create it?
This is my “I wish I wrote that…” book list. These books make me laugh. They make me cry. (In no particular order)
Read them. Enjoy them. Share them.
- I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell
- Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
- What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen
- Dear Dragon by Josh Funk
- Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman
- We Eat Dinner in the Bathtub by Angela Shelf Medearis
- Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Aistrian
- I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell and illustrated by Charles Santoso
Time for…Rehearsal! No, no, I am not in theater. No, no I am not playing an instrument. No! I am not singing. I am writing! Thanks to Andover Public Schools funding, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend Teacher’s College’s writing institute at Columbia University for the second time. Whenever there is …
The book I wish I wrote: “I don’t like Koala,” written by Sean Ferrell and illustrated by Charles Santoso is a picture book worth reading. It is creepy. Not what you’d expect from a picture book right? But as I read through the book, I couldn’t help not liking Koala either…there’s something not quite right …
Last Sunday I attended the final day of the 2017 NESCBWI conference. It was my first year attending, and after a single day I can confidently say I will never miss another again. I met dozens of writers and illustrators from all over New England. Writing can be an isolating activity. Just you, your story, …
I love hearing from readers! Ask me questions, share your writing, tell me about your favorite books! I pinky-promise to write you back!