When I was in eighth grade, my teacher featured my creative writing piece in our holiday newsletter. Mrs. Quinn told my mother that I had a special talent for writing. She, however, gave me a gift in that very instance: she called me a writer. My tender years spent scribbling poetry and wordsmithing were now validated by a slender, big-haired blonde bombshell of a woman whom I adored and idolized. Her affirmation ignited the writer in me. And I have been writing ever since.
After my first child was born, my passion for writing was rekindled. Inspired by maternal love and countless cups of tea, I started to again write poems and short stories. After my second and third children were born, I began to draft a novel that had long been unfolding on the note pad in my mind. But by the time my fourth child came along, I was surrounded by picture books in knee-high stacks throughout the house, and my adoration and appreciation for children’s literature had become ingrained.
I write across genres – picture books, short stories, and memoir. A member of the SCBWI, I was a 2017 Children’s Literature Fellow at Stony Brook Southampton under the direction of Emma Walton Hamilton. Having the good fortune of being mentored by notable authors and editors in the fellow’s program, the pleasure of polishing manuscripts with the likes of Amy Sklansky, Laura Geringer Bass, and Tricia Rayburn was a dream come true. I teach as an adjunct Lecturer at Stony Brook University and live on beautiful Long Island in New York with my husband, our four children, and a menagerie of pets.