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 also indie published my masterpiece, An Ocean Atween Us, inspired by my Scottish emigrant ancestors.
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 no longer have teen voices talking in my head all day, so I've returned to my first love, writing middle grades. FIREBUG, inspired by my mother's childhood just after World War II, combines my love of family history and historical fiction--and my mom!
I enjoy speaking to writers and readers of all ages about my craft. I am a member of SCBWI, ANWA, and Storymakers. And when I am not writing, I'm sewing for Days for Girls or my grandkids.
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