I live with my daughters and husband on a beautiful old apple orchard in Upstate New York. It was once called Orchard Farm. Our yard looks like a painting. Hills dip and rise and show off the proud yet elderly apple trees there. Our home used to be an old barn, and it’s still big and comfy like one. What a dreamy setting to read, write, and think about children’s literature!
My interest in writing children’s literature dates back to my college years. At that time, I was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Cranbrook Writers’ Conference at Kingswood Academy based on my submission of children’s stories. I also received Honorable Recognition for my short fiction submission to the University’s prestigious writing competition honoring noted author Avery Hopwood. More recently, I was accepted into the 2008 Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature One-on-One Plus Conference.
Today, my writing remains focused on the middle-grade reader and includes works of nonfiction, historical fiction, comical fiction, and multi-genre short stories and multicultural folklore. I’ve sold stories to Highlights for Children and AppleSeeds and have crafted reader theater scripts and other materials for leading educational publishers. I’m delighted that my first nonfiction book is newly available from Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing.
I’ve spent many years working with children, during the twenty-five years my family owned and operated a children’s summer camp in southern New Hampshire and more recently, in my role as an elementary-level classroom teacher. One of my greatest joys is championing children’s interests in reading and writing. Many of my students have been awarded numerous accolades for their stories, poems, and other written materials.
I’m extremely proud that one year my students received First Place in a National Poetry Contest, which was held in conjunction with the publication of Love that Dog by Sharon Creech, for their classroom submission of pet poems. That achievement will remain with them for a lifetime! Additionally, one of my students won the Annual Bruce Coville Halloween Story Contest for her entry “The Littlest Goblin.” A real treat!