I've been a storyteller all of my life. When I was little, I acted out my stories. It was the only way to share. Then I learned to write.
I wrote everything. Poetry. Short stories. A novella. Even a dissertation, which is a very very very long book.
I also played basketball, did Irish dancing (Michael Flatly was my teacher!), played guitar and violin, ran cross country, track, and was concert master of the Tulsa Youth Symphony. I was always busy and I loved it. My adventures are the stuff that feed my stories.
Travel is part of them. I've lived in different parts of the world and had friends from even more exotic places. All the while, I gathered their stories like a magpie. When I decided to write full time, they became the seeds for my stories.
I experimented with different forms of writing, but it was children's stories that hooked me. I get to create worlds as spongy and delicious as marshmallows, soar through green oceans with talking sharks, and float on misty currents with dragons. It's an amazing place to live in. And it changes on a daily basis. I can't imagine a better place to work and play.
My books have won various awards. One of the neatest has been the Read Across Oklahoma Book award. Both my books Rope 'Em! (Kane Miller 2011) and Toby (Stonehorse 2014) have been winners. The committee gives away over 2,000 copies of my book to pre-K to kindergartners, and then I get to read to them. We have A LOT of fun acting out my stories, and I don't have to do it by myself anymore. Yippee!
I've also collected a few degrees along the way, my most recent being an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College. For more information, click her for my resume. I am represented by Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer di Chiara Literary Agency.