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.
"Never give up!" This was a message my parents stressed over and over again while I was growing up. It's hard when things don't go the way you planned or hoped they would. I have never accepted the idea of failing at anything I've tried. My early reading experience was a struggle. I pushed on. Math has always been a challenge. I pushed on. So, when Schrinkler seemed like it was never going to be in print, I would not give up. I was grateful that my parents stressed "find a way to make it happen." One failed illustrator attempt, loss of money, major feeling of discouragement, and then Bingo! I found an amazing illustrator and Schrinkler is not only in print but has increased in popularity in the short time it has been out! I am so grateful for the lesson and encouragement along the way.