I grew up in Scranton, PA, where I entertained my two sisters and all the kids on the block. Storytelling, talent shows and tea parties were everyday activities. Sometimes, after a storm, I led them on jungle safaris through a giant mud puddle beneath overgrown weeds, other times we danced pretend ballet in the backyard, dressed in crinolines. I loved to read and when I wasn’t organizing the neighborhood in some type of fantastical activity I was lost in the fantasy world of books. I knew then I was born to use my imagination to take kids on adventures.
A career as an occupational educator, training prospective Nursery School and Elementary teachers, I passed on my creativity, teaching my students how to inspire their future pupils with imagination. I’ve been known to turn my Pre-K classroom into a pirate ship, a medieval castle and a life-size Jumanji board.
My years of teaching account for the two genres of Children’s Literature I write; Picture Books and YA novels. Many of my former students can be found among the pages of my books.
As a child, I made up stories and acted them out for my two sisters and the neighborhood kids. As an adult, I make up stories for kids around the world and hopefully they’ll find themselves mesmerized in my fantasies.