When my first Siamese cat gave birth to six kittens on my bed, my appreciation for differences and the love of cats started. Cats and students have been a big part of my life for fifty years. Creative Writing was among the high school English courses I taught over my forty years in the classroom. I always wrote with my students. It provided me with knowledge of the assignment and led me down my own path of discovery. After retirement I was able to follow my passion of writing for young readers. I enjoy reading my books in elementary school classrooms and talking to my audience. They always provide me with amazing ideas and I have been able to use some of them to create new stories. I live in Colorado with my husband and one senior cat. I also enjoy being an active grandmother.
What makes me the writer I am today? What is my style? What is my purpose? The teacher inside me feels the need to encourage young readers to explore, try new things, learn to improvise, and always include. Everyone has a special talent and you discover that by experimenting and encouraging others. I use these traits in animals to teach young readers. I teach characteristics about animals as well as about people. Never stop learning and encouraging. Have fun with language and new ideas.