My love of books began in childhood with Madeline and anything by Dr. Seuss. Throughout my life I toyed with pursuing the author/illustrator path, but not 'til my mid-thirties did I take that step. I discovered it was my true creative passion, and my work gradually expanded through the many Kid Lit fiction categories, from Board Books through Young Adult.As a long-time member of the SCBWI, I eventually volunteered for our NJ Chapter. Within a few years I had the honor to work with Kathy Temean during the last of her 10-year reign as Regional Advisor, serving as her Assistant Regional Advisor. It's an experience I'll never forget and will always be proud of, having been able to contribute in a time of need. I am very grateful the SCBWI exists, affording us a community we wouldn't have otherwise.