Children's writer and illustrator
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to write. I remember writing reports about apes and the Salem witch trials, scary stories and sweet stories, and poems in free verse and haiku. I illustrated my assignments with pictures I traced. I began writing journals as a girl and still do as an adult.
I studied journalism at the University of Illinois, and then worked for community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs. I quit working full-time when my twin sons Nick and David were born. Then I wrote freelance articles about parenting, the arts, health, cats and other topics for newspapers, magazines and online sites.
I fell in love with children's books when I read to my sons. Now I enjoy writing both fiction and nonfiction for children.
I've been studying drawing, watercolor and illustration for three years, taking classes at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. I'm reading online and learning about being a children's book illustrator. I would like to add illustration to my children's literature toolbox.
I grew up in Central Illinois, and later lived in Chicago and its suburbs, and Farmington Hills, Michigan. Today I make my home in Manhattan with my husband Todd and cat Thomas.