Hi. For all my life, I’ve written stories of all kinds. Naturally, I became an English teacher because I believed that I could not have a career as a writer (at least not one that paid the bills). I’ve taught over 1,800 teenagers, trained hundreds of teachers, gotten married, had three children, coached ten years of competitive cheerleading, advised four yearbooks, one literary magazine, traveled internationally eight times, and earned a graduate degree. Yet, I forever return to the keyboard … and the stories I want to share. I’ve come to understand that, despite a tremendously fulfilling career in education and personal life, I am not wholly content unless I’m creating.
So, I’ve followed Toni Morrison’s iconic advice: “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So, I’ve been writing not only the books that I wish I could have read as a high school student and young adult (or right now, if we’re being honest) but also the books that I wish I could have taught when I was still in the classroom.
Things that interest me: best practices in education, coffee, reading (Young Adult literature, the classics, and mysteries), applications of technology, maximizing productivity, contentedness, travel, and my wonderful family that supports all that I do.