The Short Version
Writing has always been part of me. I have been writing stories since I was four years old and have pursued writing as a career since the age of twelve. My Bachelor’s of Arts degree, from LeTourneau University, is in Digital Writing: an English degree with emphasis on digital media, copy writing, grammar, style, and formatting. I also hold an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts where I studied with such mentors as Kathi Appelt, Julie Larios, and Sharon Darrow. I have taught both creative writing and compostion and am active in the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
The Longer Short Version
I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where I spent hot summers and brisk falls acting out stories in my awesome backyard. My first written story was told in stick-figure drawings on pink notebook paper that my first grade Sunday School teacher had given me. It was about an orphan girl who was rescued from certain doom by a flying horse and a few centaurs.
I decided I wanted to be a published author when I was twelve. In high school, some writer friends and I formed an unofficial writing club and traded characters (so much more fun than Pokémon cards!).
I didn’t realize I wrote for young people until I was sorting through brochures for graduate creative writing programs. I attended Vermont College of Fine Arts where I earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Fantasy has always been my first love in literature. Superheroes and science fiction also hold a special place in my heart. My favorite audience is middle grade readers, but I enjoy young adult fiction as well.
I wish I could say that, armed with an MFA, I now know everything I need to know and can write perfectly. However, I’m still learning. I think I will always be learning. And you know? That’s part of the fun.