A little about me...
- I am a children's writer who signed her first book contract in April 2017! My debut picture book, BEFORE YOU SLEEP, is due out in October 2018. NIGHT TRAIN, my second picture book, is due to be released in April 2019. I specialize in picture books and middle grade novels and have loved writing creatively since I could hold a pencil. At age six, I sat down at my kitchen table and wrote my first poem on a 3×3 inch scrap of paper! After graduating from Boston College with a degree in English, I went on to earn my teaching certification in high school English and a master’s degree in communication disorders. I currently work as a speech-language therapist in the public schools and write for children every chance I get. As an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, I am continually striving to hone my craft through critique groups, writer's networks, coursework, and writing conferences. I am also one of the founding members of the writing group 24 Carrot Writing (visit us at 24carrotwriting.com). Chocolate is essential to my writing process.
- I am a wife and mom (and by default: taxi driver, cook, counselor, housekeeper, tutor & dog-walker). Unlike some of my dear 24 Carrot Writing colleagues, who are cat people, I adore dogs. To get the photos for my home page, I bribed my cockapoo, Butters, with lots of bacon treats. She was not a fan of those glasses!
- I enjoy reading (of course!), walking Butters, gardening, traveling with my family, and eating chocolate! I'm a word nerd who loves doing crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble with my kids. My favorite places to be (apart from the ocean!) are bookstores and libraries.
"If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I will never have to live without you."
--Winnie the Pooh
--Winnie the Pooh