Born and raised in the small town of Sterling in the heart of Kansas, I grew up with a love of reading and writing. It wasn’t until college with no idea of what I wanted to study and do that I began to seriously focus on the craft of writing and ended up leaving with a major in English with a minor in Computer Science/ Web Technology. My love of writing pushed me to become one of the first M.A. students to focus in young adult fiction at Illinois State and I’ve also studied Writing for Children and Teenagers at the Institute of Children’s Literature.
A nationally ranked heptathlete while at Ball State, I’ve also continued my love of competing by coaching youth track and field and gymnastics, the two sports I grew up loving. I love watching movies and can quote Twister nearly word for word. A piece of advice: never let me loose in a book store…there are women who collect shoes…and then there are crazy women who collect books…I’ll let you guess which one I fit into.
I’ve lived in the DFW area the last few years where I spend most of my timing adhering to the demands of the four pawed creatures who have taken control over my life.
Like any good writer, my stories wouldn't make it to the reading world without friends who help me along the way. Great thanks to the following, who help give me advice, find mistakes, spread the word, and even help me with book covers: Michelle Dalke, Tayler Wolfe, Kelley Whisler, Jessica Garvin, Erin McGinn-Thedwall. YOU ALL ROCK!