What’s my writing background?
By the time I was ten, I had written numerous poems, a song about ant romance, two autobiographies, a Christmas story, a picture book about life in space (which I illustrated myself) and a collection of short stories featuring me as the main character (and my trusty side kick from Mars). I’d also left a permanent indent at a chair in my local library.
I’ve published articles in the Santa Barbara Independent and Impact Magazine as well as proclamations on behalf of a US Governor. In addition to being a freelance writer, I’ve published content for blogs, websites and nonprofit organizations. I’m currently enrolled in literature and creative writing graduate level classes at Harvard University Extension School. I’m an active member of the SCBWI and participant in #MGLitChat, #OwnVoices and #MGBookChat.
Why did I choose to write a middle grade fiction novel?
To this day, children’s literature seems magical to me. They remain portals to other worlds—as many books are, certainly, but with middle grade novels, I am keenly aware of the huge significance they can have on a young reader, on someone who’s still learning about the world and about herself. Whenever I work on a middle grade novel, part of me can’t help wondering how this book might change some child’s life.