It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized I enjoyed the art of writing. After a few years of blogging, I took several writing classes to improve my skills. I also read a lot of books about writing and the publishing industry. (Of course I was reading a lot of nonfiction children's books, too.) I met my first editor at a writing conference!
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Can you come to my school?
I would love to, but I only visit schools (and libraries and private groups) that are near where I live. I visit schools in parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. If you're outside my area and I'm traveling near you or live near you, I'd enjoy visiting. Tell your teachers or librarian about me. Visiting schools and libraries thrills me! You can read about my workshops and presentations here.
My second favorite tool is the Children's Writer's Word Book. It's great for children's writers.
Actually, I can't write when my family is around, so I try to make the most of it when my children are at school and my husband is at work. I try to get chores around the house and errands completed early, so I can have several hours to just work and not be bothered by the fourteen piles of laundry that need to be folded. (I'm exaggerating. Usually it's only three or four laundry piles.)
You can read a favorite book list here and another here.
Can you give me a free book?
I'm sorry, but I can't. My publisher only gives me a couple of free books, so I have to buy any extras. My book is available at Amazon, Rourke Educational Media, and Barnes and Noble. (Amazon is an affiliate link.)
Do you have any pets?
Yes! Our family includes three children, my husband, and me, plus two cats. One is named Lucy and the other is Mookie. (Mookie was named after the baseball player Mookie Wilson. YOU get to research which team he played for and how he helped them win the 1986 World Series.)
|Here's Mookie. The cats won't pose together for a photo.|
If you're curious about this one, I wrote a full post about it. Read it HERE.
How did you land your first book contract?
It was actually an assignment! Learn more about it HERE.
If you have another question for me, use an adult's email account to contact me. (Student emails from schools will not allow me to respond to you.)