I’ve always dreamed of becoming an author. I didn’t have any
brothers or sisters until I was almost 9 years old. Both my parents are only
children, so I’ve never had aunts, uncles or cousins. And I grew up in a
neighborhood where there were no other kids. I spent a lot of time by
myself. I read a lot…and wrote stories to entertain myself. I never really
grew out of that.
I began my writing career by writing for magazines such as
Cricket, Spider, Highlights for Children,
Children’s Digest, and Child Life. In 1996, I sold
my first book – a picture book entitled
The Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off.
I’ve gone on to
sell 25 additional picture books and novels for children. I’ve also
“ghostwritten” 10 Sweet Valley Twins
and Boxcar Children
Trading Places with Tank Talbott,
Sliding Into Home,
Do You know the Monkey Man,
The Truth About Truman
School and The
Buddy Files: Case of the Lose Boy have been
nominated for children’s choice awards in 18 different states.
Trading Places with Tank Talbott
won Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Award in 2008. The
Buddy Files: Case of the Lose Boy won the 2011 Edgar®
Award for best juvenile mystery published in 2010. I continue to publish books,
short stories, plays and educational materials for preschoolers through
My dog Mouse and I are a registered Pet Partner team through
Delta Society and we enjoy reading
with kids. I also enjoy reading, hiking, biking, Zumba, board games, playing
the mandolin and my Toastmasters group. I live in Coralville, Iowa with my
husband, son, and assorted pets.
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