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.
The People I Can't Do Without
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!