As a child I danced around the yard singing songs I'd composed and believing in the made-up stories I wrote. I won art contests throughout elementary school and was selected for the gifted art program.
While in high school, I continued to doodle and draw though my energies focused on music and writing for the creative arts magazine. In college my passion became the theater, attending various auditions in NYC and performing in local community theater productions. One of my favorite professors insisted that one day I would be published. Thanks for believing in me Mr. Clark!
I married young (just before my 21st birthday) and followed my husband around the country as he served the nation in the Air Force. This meant putting some of my dreams and pursuits aside. Children entered the picture and I dedicated my time to raising a family. But in 2008 I read a book that inspired me so much, I put pen to paper and started writing again. In a few short months I'd completed my first (still yet-to-be-published) Young Adult (YA) novel. As every other author will attest, I'm grateful that novel has not seen the light of day.
When I couldn't find a home for my YA novel, I did what any author would do. I cried.
Then, I put on my big-girl panties and I went on to write a series of Middle-Grade novels with my pre-teen daughter. The Scarily Ever Laughter series (Cinderskella, Little Dead Riding Hood, and Snow Fright) is published by Jolly Fish Press and features funny (and sometimes creepy) retellings of classic tales.
Currently, I'm working on some more funny books including a chapter book series which features zombies, aliens, and bigfoot! I also have multiple young adult novels in progress. I'm venturing into some uncharted territories but love every minute of the challenge! In fact, most days I find myself so deep into writing, I've lost all track of time. Good thing my kids are old enough to fend for themselves! Sorry kids - it's gonna be cold cereal and frozen dinners tonight!
I'm a PAL member of the SCBWI and one of the founding members of the group blog From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors! I love pink, glitter, unicorns, and chocolate but not necessarily in that order. When I'm not writing, I'm singing, playing piano, baking (lots and lots of yummy calorie-laden coma-inducing goodies), decorating cakes, crafting, drawing, running kids to a million activities, and homeschooling.*deep breath!* You can find me on various social networking sites mostly talking about those things. Oh, and occasionally about books, too!