Question: What do you get when you join a professor of literature and an elementary school teacher?
Answer: A children’s writer. This is my story in short.
I was an English teacher in China, a homeland security analyst, a yoga instructor, and a mother before I began writing for children. I was fortunate to explore work options but I might have guessed my calling earlier. The daughter of a literature professor and a first grade teacher, I was taught love of story at an early age. While my father read me Edgar Allen Poe and Greek mythology, my mother, an animal and nature lover, introduced me to James Herriot. My earliest writings were inspired by Herriot and later, L.M. Montgomery, but at twelve, I took a ten year hiatus from writing to dance. I joined my school’s dance company in high school and when not at practice, I was always dancing alone in my room, pretending I was on stage. I loved that time all to myself. One of my greatest pleasures today is working creatively in an empty house.
Originally from New York, I now live outside of Chicago. I hold a Masters in non-fiction writing from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom and a BA from Bryn Mawr College. I’ve written for the UK’s Bad Idea magazine, Yoga Chicago, and Literary Mama. I am a member of the SCBWI and winner of the non-fiction manuscript contest at the 2016 SCBWI Wild Wild Midwest conference.
A writer of non-fiction and historical fiction, my stories for children are about perseverance, idealism and dancers.