I love stories! “Read it again, please?” my six-year-old self would beg. Pictures formed in my mind while listening to the rhythm of mom’s voice. I was hooked. When I could read on my own, I devoured Nancy Drew and Judy Blume books. I admired Nancy’s tidy way of wrapping up a case and Fudge was the little brother I was glad I never had!

Sometimes I made up my own characters complete with voices and outfits. I’d parade around the house and do a skit for my parents. My best one was Lila from NYC complete with accessories and makeup. During this time my grandmother and I were pen pals, and I wrote my deepest elementary school thoughts in my lock and key diary.

When I grew up I wrote for my college newspaper–movie reviews–and an article for a short lived health magazine. After college I began teaching and sadly my creative writing went underground. Motherhood and a new job happily became my focuses.

Currently I work as a Reading Teacher helping struggling second and third-grade readers. They are surprising, funny, quick and honest as they share opinions about our stories. Watching them grow as readers and writers throughout the year is a privilege. They teach me, too.

About thirteen years ago the creative side of me came knocking at the door again–like a persistent yet gentle friend–and I became serious about learning the craft of writing. I took a magazine and novel writing course, and now I can give voices to the characters that roam through my head or write about ideas that make me wonder. Nights, on weekends and in stolen moments I write (we all search out those minutes, right?)

Of course I’m eager to keep getting better as a writer, so I look to professional sites and great books to help me get better.

My family is my true rock and since dynamics are changing (one college aged child, one close), I am gaining more time to write. My dog–my great furry love–keeps me company and finds me when it’s time for breaks. (I wish she could read my stuff….)

If I’m not writing, I love to travel to the south and explore history (plantations, people), walk, read, meet for tea or curl up with a book or a movie. Some of my favorite places are the beach, the bookstore, coffee shops, a bench by the lake, and my back patio. Oh, and my friends and I laugh A LOT! It truly is great medicine.

And to wrap it up … some favorite authors:  Stephen King, Dorothea Benton Frank, Judy Blume, Neil Gaiman, and Mary Downing Hahn to name a few.