I have been dreaming up stories all my life. My stuffed animals Monkey, Snakey, and a purple cow named Violet, were my first audience. I make up stories about those around me when I people watch. And if I can’t sleep, I’ll create a scenario in which I am the hero (though I usually fall asleep before I save the day). Silly tales.
When I decided to write and illustrate children’s books, I joined SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), participated in critique groups, got an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, and most recently, took the Children’s Book Academy course on The Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books. I am very serious about writing— writing stories celebrate life with a chuckle and a hug.