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.
2019 presented me with numerous bumps and roadblocks, most of which came when I wanted to publish Schrinkler. I was proud of my story but getting it to print seemed like an impossible task. But, I always try to figure out a way to make things happen. Nearly two years later, Schrinkler was in print and has been a huge success.
Frustration bothers me. When a story does not click like I'd hoped, it drives me a little bit crazy. It seemed like I hit another roadblock time and time again when I started writing Patriotic Paws. This story began several years ago, experienced at least five different titles, ended up in several folders (many drafts) until Jack, the polydactyl cat, appeared on our deck sunning himself in the summer and politely asking for a snack throughout the year. What a cool dude! I decided Jack had to play the bongos and be part of Little Honker's band, and away I went with Jack leading the way.
Sharing my stories with young readers, having Glasses for Margie become a finalist in the CAL book contest, and getting my idea for her sequel have been highlights this year. A few bumps along one road can guide you to the right road.