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).
It’s been more than a decade (I’ll keep the digits to myself, thank you very much) since I graduated from the University of Florida, and I’ve done a lot in those intervening years: I’ve taught over 1,800 teenagers, trained hundreds of teachers, gotten married, had three children, coached ten years of cheerleading, advised four years of yearbook, 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 I am not 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.