I write stories and novels for middle graders and young adults. Nothing makes me happier than discovering a reader has liked my work. After writing many different things over the years, I’ve returned to my first love – writing for children and teens.
My first published book, The Ghost Juggler, started as a short story. In fact, it was three short stories. Then I discovered that the characters were all talking to one another in my head. That’s when I realized it was actually a book. In addition to some funny ghosts, it has a boy who’s the new kid in school, a bully who hates him, and an unconventional family.
The second, Marigold, was inspired by an old family story. It set me to wondering what might have happened had the story ended differently and that led me to a set of characters who didn’t resemble the original story. It’s historical, though, set during World War I.
The latest, Finding Nancy, is dedicated to my oldest daughter, who loved doll houses and horses. This book has both, along with girl rivals, family issues, and a ghost who inhabits the doll house that is the source of the conflict.
I won’t tell you who inspired the next one. You’ll have to read and find out.
Like many writers, I started making stories when I was very young. At age seven, I spent ten months flat on my back in bed with a long illness. Since it was before television, my saving graces were my radio and the books I read. Before long, I began to fill the empty times by making up my own stories. Eventually I was allowed to prop up in bed and those stories found their way to paper.
Once back in school, I wrote stories for my classmates, serials that I passed around after each chapter. By sixth grade I declared my intention of someday living in New York and being a writer, much to my parents’ dismay. My first writing hero was Louisa May Alcott. I wanted to be Jo in Little Women.
After college and marriage, I was distracted by having four children and moving ten times with my husband’s job, but I still managed to write for myself. I didn’t tell anybody for years, because I didn’t think I was good enough, but eventually I began to get published and to have jobs that involved writing. I’ve written short stories, poems, novels and Sunday School materials for children. Also there were stories, articles and poems for adult regional publications; training materials for a major corporation; and a year as a newspaper reporter and columnist. Every time we moved I had a different job.
I don’t pretend to be a Millennial. I now have grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each generation keeps me on my toes to learn to relate to them and understand their lingo. I will always be a writer. Now some of them will be, too.
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