Although she would argue, I invented 9-yr-old Sara-Glena Peabody to be my protagonist in what I hope will become a small series of mid-grade books about her. No doubt she would say she already existed and I just found her one day, like Christopher Columbus 'discovering' America. There is so much we grownups haven't got a clue about, she says.
It takes me forever to coax the stories out of her, so while I've finally made it to the last chapter of the first book, actual publication seems distant, given the process of critiques and revisions ahead. Fortunately I belong to a wonderful local critique group (courtesy of SCBWI) and have a super-encouraging professional manuscript editor close by, who've kept me afloat with their generous comments.
I trained as an elementary teacher back, back, back in the day, was a story-teller for women's conferences in the '90's, and wrote many a brochure and handout in my later work as a college career counselor. I think it was tiring of the last that inspired me to start writing children's stories. Much more fun! Also a kick is helping elementary age kids with their homework at the local Boys' and Girls' Club.
Member since 2003
Region: Western Washington
Published In Children's Market: