I have been surrounded by children and picture books my entire life. My writing career has paralleled my teaching career. As a teacher, I spent lots of time with preschoolers, kindergarteners, second graders, and fourth graders. And, they all enjoyed picture books! While encouraging children to write, I realized that I wanted to develop my own talent in this craft. My writing has focused on picture books that are brought alive by a merger of words and illustrations. I write in pictures, as my imagination sees my story magically transformed through the talent of a gifted artist. Sometimes I write about Rosa Bean and Nancy Ann.
I am the proud mother of two children and grandmother to five. My grandchildren enjoy sharing their favorite books, and they love to listen to my most recent stories. I like to watch the children’s reactions, and when they want to hear a story again I know it’s a good story.
I live with my husband, William, near the ocean in New Jersey. My hobbies include playing golf, drawing, and reading. However, my favorite moments are those spent with children and a good picture book!
I am a member of SCBWI and Tara Lazar’s Storystorm Challenge. I attend local conferences where other writers and I share ideas. I am dedicated to my craft, and I participate in web conferences and frequent visits with other authors. I am always striving to be the best I can be in everything I do, and that includes writing for children.
I am a graduate of Children’s Book Academy.