ABOUT ME

 

My path to becoming a writer is paved with all the books I’ve ever read. The summer after third grade, I read my first book (really read it, not pretended) and it was about a girl who was bold and brave---Pippi Longstockings. I was hooked. Every night that summer, I stayed up late reading. I fell in love with characters and settings and the way a story takes you on a journey. Pretty soon after that, I started writing my own poems and short stories. Along the way I’ve done lots of things, but I’ve always viewed writing and reading at the core of who I am.

 

I grew up moving every three or four years. I even lived in a hotel for six months but I was definitely more Harriet the Spy than Eloise. I’ve called a lot of places home: including New Jersey, Virginia, Vermont, Hong Kong, New York City, London, Washington, D.C., Boston and Texas.  

 

I studied history at the University of Vermont. Later, I earned my masters in education at Lesley University where I also studied to be a reading specialist. When I was a classroom teacher (that’s what I always wanted to be growing up), I loved teaching reading and writing (surprise, surprise). Nothing makes me happier than when students fall in love with a book, or discover the power of their own words.  

 

Whether it’s in a book, on Netflix, or from a friend, I love a good story. I also love playgrounds and grand staircases. (You know, the kind that make you feel special just walking down them.)  

 

I’m a member of SCBWI and a past recipient of the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentorship. I live with my family in Plano, Texas. And I’m happy to say, most days, writing is on the top of my to-do list.  

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