I have always been a writer. My first grade teacher told my mother she should save what I wrote in class. Which first grade teacher said that, I don’t know. I had four first grade teachers. While growing up, I would spend time outside with paper and pencil. I wrote poems, skits and plays, and short stories. As shy as I was as a child, it was a great way for me to express myself.

I spent 28 years as an elementary school teacher–mostly in third and fourth grades. While teaching third grade, I wrote a play about Abraham Lincoln for my students to perform for Presidents’ Day. I have read countless middle grade and picture books. I have always loved to read children’s books. My favorite books? That’s a hard question. I would say that I love¬†Owl Moon, Charlotte’s Web, Shiloh,¬†and many others that don’t come to mind. My favorite authors growing up were Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), and Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew mysteries).

I am married and a native Texan. I have two beautiful daughters (both are educators), two wonderful sons-in-law, and three perfect grandchildren. Family is important to me.

My main hobbies which I’ve enjoyed throughout my life are doll collecting, playing the piano, and, of course, reading. I also love to see new places.

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