My love of reading and writing started young and led to work as a school librarian, though I can hardly call sharing my passion “work.” One of my favorite things is mentoring kids and teens as writers and readers. I learn so much from you.
I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, my parents involved in the civil rights movement and patrons of the arts. I studied literature in California, met my partner-for-life, moved to Denver where our two wonderful sons were born, and finally settled in the hills of rural Appalachian Ohio. I’ve enjoyed living in all these places, but feel most at home near the ocean and suspect I am part mermaid or dolphin. Wherever I dwell, I treasure my partner and sons, dogs and cats, and a world of family and friends.
First published work: “One Sunny Night,” a poem, in my sixth-grade class publication.
Favorite published works to date: “Mr. No and Miss Rose” in Cricket Magazine, inspired by my “second” mother, Rosetta Smith, who died too young.
Latest degree earned: Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Art, 2015.
Something you should probably know about me: I am an active LGBTQ ally.