In kindergarten . . .
I wanted to be a veterinarian and have a hundred cats and ten kids. Then I went to first grade and learned how to write. I've been a scribbler ever since. My creations start with characters talking in my head in the middle of the night. I tiptoe into the other room and scribble them down on pink paper. I follow my characters, but it's my job to form scenes from their babbling and create a plot with a beginning, climax, and end. When I write a novel, I draw on everything I've ever seen, read, learned, believed and dreamed. I break it up into tiny pieces and spread it out in my imagination, so I can pick up the gems I need for my story mosaic. When I get stuck, I turn to a higher power and am thankful for many rescues.
I have an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BA in English from BYU. I landed a two-book deal with Razorbill/Penguin and published Taken by Storm and Sing me to Sleep. My editor left Penguin a few days before Sing me to Sleep released and my agent quit to become a book packager. But, loyal bloggers convinced me to indie publish Storm's sequel, Unbroken Connection. As a thank you to my readers, I blogged Cayman Summer, scene by scene, day by day.
I grew up on the wheat farm in Eastern Washington where Taken by Storm is set. Like my hero in Storm, I am an avid scuba diver.
After more than a decade abroad in Canada, Switzerland, and Singapore, my hubby and I arehappily settled on the edge of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
We have four grown-up kids and the cutest, best, smartest grandkids in the world. No cats--unless you count the bobcat that likes to hang out by the pool.
I enjoy speaking to writers and readers of all ages about my craft. I am a member of SCBWI, ANWA, and Storymakers.
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