• Spending the early part of my childhood in Alabama, we moved around multiple times when I was between grades 2 and 3 due to my father’s job.  As a child, we lived in Florida, Oklahoma, and in a couple of different places in Tennessee.  Those formative years developed a keen interest in Native American culture, rocks, planetariums, zoos, history, glass-bottom boats, and sea life.  We finally settled in Tennessee, and that is where I grew up.

    After a few years in Texas, I currently reside in Tennessee with my two cats and my vivid imagination.  Spending the past twenty years working around books, I believe that while we move further toward electronic formats, there continues to be value, comfort, demand, and a market for the traditionally printed word.  That said, exploring the evolving frontier of electronic media is fascinating and a continuing journey.


  • I am a children’s author with an interest in writing middle grade biography, nonfiction, and picture books.  I continue to learn the craft and business of writing and am developing my skills toward early chapter books and middle grade fiction as well.  With an educational background in history and historic preservation, I especially enjoy writing about American history.  My interest in biography is specific to the field of partial biography, selecting a particular aspect of a person’s life and how that influenced them into who they became and/or how they influenced others.

    I have attended SCBWI workshops and conferences off and on since 2003.  This organization has been a valuable resource in my development as a writer.  Along the way, I have taken a few courses, working slowly toward my MFA.  I am also a member of Biographer’s International.


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