Congratulations on being our Book of the Month winner! Your book "Fiasco at the Fair" was so fun to read, we can't wait to know more about you...
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in upstate New York—the second youngest out of 5 children. My mother taught me to be patient and kind. My father instilled in me a strong work ethic. My brothers and sisters taught me humor, humility and how to stay out of trouble (most of the time). When I was 6 years old, we moved to a small town. It was there I graduated high school and got my first job as a cashier at a grocery store. After I became an aunt, I decided to pursue a career in teaching. While I have taught first and fourth grade, there is a special place in my heart for second grade. After 30 years, it is still a joy and blessing to spend each day with my students.
What made you want to become an author? Was it always something you wanted to do? Since I was young I always enjoyed writing, especially poems, but I never considered it for a career. In my 4th year of teaching, I wrote a rhyming story about a boy hiking through Australia. In his travels he meets many unique animals. A reading teacher at my school suggested I send it out for publication. I did and B-I-N-G-O, it was published! I was bit by the “writing bug.”
Is Fiasco at the Fair, your first children’s book?
I have written many picture books, but Fiasco at the Fair is my first attempt at writing a chapter book.