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I grew up in Maryland in the United States, an only child of two terrific parents.  My mother was a children’s librarian, so I was always surrounded by books.  My father was the cook in our family, so I was always surrounded by delicious food.  Even now, as long as I have a good book and good food I am very happy!

I started writing stories as soon as I could hold a crayon.  When I was in kindergarten I was sent to the principal's office.  I thought I was in trouble, but she just wanted me to read her one of my stories! Back then I drew my own pictures, but now I leave it up to professional illustrators to bring my stories to life.    

In high school, creative writing took a back burner to writing papers for class.  I continued writing papers as I earned my psychology degree at the College of William and Mary, where I met my wonderful husband.  I went on to earn my master’s degree in social work and did a variety of social work jobs at schools and hospitals.  I also worked with children with autism and taught at a Montessori school, but my most unusual job was selling cinnamon buns at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  Yum!

While I loved my work, I missed creative writing.  Eventually I was inspired by my Montessori students to begin writing stories again.  I continued writing when my husband’s job moved us to England, and it was there that I got my first book contract for Pocket's Christmas Wish. 

After spending time in England and Germany, we are now living in Virginia.  I continue to write everyday in the spare moments when I'm not walking my funny dog Arthur or playing with my amazing son Sam.  It is a dream come true!

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Our dog Arthur is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.  He has the shortest legs and the biggest ears anyone has ever seen.  He was bred to herd cows, and if we’re not careful he’ll herd us too!

 

 

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