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My life has been, and continues to be, so much fun!


I'm a Mom and a Nana.


I'm married to my best friend.


Through my years of membership in SCBWI, I've met some amazing writers and illustrators and have many wonderful, treasured, talented friends all over the world. I treasure these friendships and am so grateful to be part of such a caring and giving creative community. Anyone who asks me how to write a children's book and get it published gets just one valuable piece of advice from me every time: Join SCBWI!


I've published four novels for young readers.


My essays have aired on public radio and appeared in Writer's Digest and The Writer.


I've worked as a janitor, an activities director, a newspaper reporter, and as a Chamber of Commerce membership director. Currently, I work for county government.


I love books and libraries and good stories of all kinds. I love learning and discovering new ideas that stretch my brain.


I'm a fan of Mr. Rogers, Jim Henson, and Weird Al Yankovic.


What makes me laugh: groan-worthy puns, cat memes, cat videos (basically anything to do with cats makes me happy). I love the Mutts comic strip, Jimmy Fallon, old silly TV comedies like Gilligan's Island and The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres, and hugs.


Bring me a good cheeseburger or avocado toast and I'll be your BFF.