As I was driving home from Hamline's MFAC Alumni Weekend Writer's Conference, I got a call with very exciting news. It was Lin Oliver, Executive Director of SCBWI, informing me that I was chosen to receive the Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award. This is a work-in-progress grant in which I had submitted "Octopus Capers" back in March. My first award! Lin told me to go ahead and post the news on my Facebook account to create some buzz, which I did, so for the remainder of my drive home I heard the happy "pings" from my phone as the news made the rounds. Prior to the call, I was listening to an audiobook, which I assumed would be my next blog post. After the call, I couldn't concentrate on the story and had to put it away. I can live with that. As part of my award, my registration at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles will be paid for. See you there!
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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