I have always loved books and the library ever since I was a little girl growing up in Nebraska.  In fact, every Saturday and Sunday you could find me sitting cross legged on the floor in the library stacks pouring over anything that caught my attention.  I loved to walk up and down the rows of book shelves and grab books that looked interesting and just start skimming and reading, getting lost for hours.  My favorite books were the Little House on the Prairie series and Little Women.   I remember a goal of mine was to read the entire World Book Encyclopedia collection from A to Z.  Didn’t make it much past Aardvark, but a girl can dream.

I often read aloud to my stuffed animals.  Sometimes my brother would even let me read to him.  His favorite story was Charlotte’s Web.  I still have the book I read to him so long ago.  It’s a bit torn and tattered, but still a precious book of mine that I hope to read to my young son one day.

As an adult I’ve had a lot of different experiences and jobs.  I worked as an Administrative Assistant for a cable television company for ten years while I went to school.  Eventually I completed my Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska.   I then went on to receive my Masters in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  I’ve had my own Lighting Design firm and I also teach Lighting in the Interior Design department at The Art Institute Online Division. 

What has triggered my desire for writing children’s books is my son.  He is my muse.   I guess you could say I use him like a sponge.  I soak up everything he does, says, thinks and feels and try to express it in my stories for children.  I’m thrilled that he has also inherited my love of books and the library.  Since I read about 5-10 books a day to him, I have really gotten immersed in children’s books.  I think I read more children’s books than I do adult books.  But I’m not complaining.  I love books!  I always have and I always will.

I like to think of myself as an observer of the world.   I try to be open to everything around me, sights, smells, textures, taste and sounds so that I can incorporate them into my next story.


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