children's stories & middle grade fiction
Books & Stories
THE GREAT MANTIS RESCUE
Published by Pioneer Valley Books
Published in Balloons Lit. Journal,
"READY FOR ANYTHING"
Published in Highlights for Children,
When I was 10 years old, I bought an old laptop on eBay. It had a black and white screen and crashed when you closed the lid. I could do two things on my laptop - play Number Crunchers and write stories. I wasn’t very good at Number Crunchers, so by the time I hit middle school I had quite a collection of short stories amassed on my aging hard drive. When it inevitably crashed for good, I started over on a behemoth desktop that I adopted from my parents. This time I was smart. I backed my stories up on a floppy disk. Not the really floppy kind. The small kind with the little locking slider on the side. I guess they weren't actually very floppy.
here i am staring into the middle distance and coming up with my next great idea.
this would make a great Christmas card, right?
sometimes our dog is dressed like a frog.
it's a thing.
you can fit a whole book on one of these things!
For a little while writing took a back seat to other things. I worked on adulting, learned how to be a teacher. Later I got married (great idea), got a dog (okay idea...he eats bunny poop) and then had a few kids (great idea but again with the poop).
Now I teach special education outside of Philadelphia and type furiously on a loud mechanical keyboard whenever I get the chance. Thanks to the marvels of the internet, I no longer back my work up on a floppy disk, but I still keep a few in my desk drawer just in case society collapses. They also make very nerdy coasters.
Question & Answer
What's your favorite thing to write about?
I love trying to put a fresh spin on the kinds of things that happen in everyday life. So my stories are about things like fishing trips and school dances and summer jobs, but there's generally a monster or some magic in there somewhere, too.
How long does it take to write a book?
Every author has a different answer to this question, and it really depends on the kind of book I'm working on. On average, it takes me about 6 months to write a first-draft, then a few more months after that to do edits. If I'm lucky, I'll have a mostly finished book after about a year.
That seems like a long time for just one book - isn't writing your only job?
I'm actually a full-time special education teacher outside of Philadelphia. That means I do most of my writing very early in the morning, before I head in to school. But that also means I get to spend every day of the school week with some very cool kids, and they give me a lot of the ideas I use for my stories and books.
Why can't I find any of your books online?
Because they're not published yet! Getting a book published takes a long time and a lot of work, and even though I have a few books that are technically finished, they still have a little ways to go before you'll find them online or in a bookstore. If you join my email list (bottom of this page), I'll let you know as soon as one of them comes out! Maybe you'll be the first to read it!