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A Bit About Me

     I love being a writer! For several years I worked as a teacher and librarian. This helped prepare me for the challenges of writing books. 

     I spend my days doing research, taking notes, and writing. I especially enjoy learning how people lived in other times and places. After hours of research, I put my notes together to create an original book. Then I revise - and revise some more. It's a happy day when I get a copy of the finished book in the mail. 

      I enjoy reading and writing fiction, too. I always have a novel or two in progress. 


I've lived in seven different states during my life: Vermont, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and South Carolina. Wherever I've lived, I've discovered wonderful friends and great stories. 


Kids Ask: When did you decide to become a writer?


     I've wanted to be a writer ever since I was in third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Brown, assigned us to write poems. Mine was a four line verse about snowflakes, and when Mrs. Brown said to me, "You'll be a writer when you grow up," I was thrilled. It became my secret dream. When I meet with students, often one or two step forward to tell me that they plan to become writers, too.


Kids Ask: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, what do you do?


Sometimes I get stuck and need to take time to think. What do I do? I organize my closet or my desk drawer or my sock drawer. I probably have the neatest sock drawer in all of North Dakota!

On my way to kindergarten.