One day in first grade (many years ago!), I tried writing a sentence about a cape I had received as a gift from my grandmother, but I couldn’t figure out how to spell “cape.” I knew that a “cap” was something you wore on your head, and “kap” just didn’t look right to me. My teacher told me a trick about adding the letter “e” to the end of “cap”—Silent E, as our class would soon call it. How cool was it, that a single letter could change one word into another?! (At least, I thought it was cool.)
That moment was one of thousands throughout my life in which I have been excited about words—the way they look, the way they sound, what they mean, and how they can be brought together and played with to shape stories, poems, essays, articles, song lyrics, plays, speeches . . . you get the idea.
The most fun I have as a writer is creating content for children. I have contributed poetry and short fiction to children’s magazines, and I am currently working on picture-book projects, including a collection of poems with a kind of spunky, action-packed bent. I write children’s nonfiction, too. I’m represented by Ronnie Ann Herman of the Herman Agency.
I’ve also worked for many years with healthcare organizations, businesses, and nonprofit and community groups as a freelance copywriter, copy editor, and proofreader. I’m particularly interested in projects with a focus on children and families.
When I’m not writing, or revising, or proofreading, I’m often with a book. Or talking about a book. Or just talking. Again, words . . .
I am an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), which is a great organization for anyone interested in the world of children’s publishing.
And I am a lover of public libraries. If you haven’t been to your local library in a while, go check it out!
I live with my husband, daughter, our dog, and two cats in Natick, Massachusetts.