I grew up in a little town in North Carolina where almost everyone was related to everyone else. I started writing books when I was seven ("Rusty's Space Ship: The Sequel"). I was a newspaper reporter for awhile, but gave it up to become a librarian. I now work as a freelance newsletter editor, which lets me combine research and writing as well as my intense need to correct grammar and punctuation errors. I also write a blog on writing and creativity, "Writing Home" (where I occasionally interview writers... one of these interviews got a write-up in the NYT: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/author-spotlight-kim-dana-kupperman/).
My interest in writing children's books really began with the 2010 NaNoWriMo contest. I sat down to write a novel that Nov. 1st, and out came a YA fantasy novel (which I'm still revising). I am now also interested in picture books, especially making poetry and other literary forms fun and accessible for children.
I graduated with a B.A. in Western Civilization from UC-Santa Cruz, which allowed me to study World Religions and Anthropology as well as Latin and English literature. My undergraduate thesis was a translation and feminist analysis of the Fourth book of the Aeneid (sadly, most of my Latin is gone now). Prior to that, I took a three-semester course on Poetry at Johnston College (now Johnston Center at the University of Redlands). I later got my M.S.L.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Probably the best course I ever took in college was Field Botany at Johnston College because we spent every weekend hiking, camping and gathering wildflowers from the deserts of southern California as well as much of coastal California, including Big Sur. A wonderful adventure for a small town girl.
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Region: Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia
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