I’ve always fancied myself a writer. I was first published when I was six years old, in a county-wide student magazine, The Fledgling. I still have my copy stashed away somewhere. Then came years of poetry and short stories, followed by a couple of unfinished novels.
I loved writing through high school and college, but went with the more dependable degree in Mass Communications. More than a decade in radio and newspaper later, the paper sold, I lost my job, and I got a tremendous story idea. That idea is now the young adult novel, Pairs.
I am currently working on a contemporary young adult novel, Maybe, Baby. My completed contemporary young adult novels are Candid Dates and The Last Letterboxes. My middle grade novel, The Clarinet Clique, and another YA contemporary, The Rat Queen, are in revisions.
I’ve also written three picture books, Parmesan Cheese, The Rooster Who Would Not Fight, and The Cat Pirates.
The picture above is of my daughters, nieces, and nephews hiding as they watch my son count. Looking at my boy makes me think of myself, all the years I was working full time, homeschooling kids and trying to juggle everything at once. The stories were there…I just couldn’t see them.
All I had to do was stop counting and look.