wait a minute ... you want to learn about me? little 'ol me?? wow. i am honored.
WHAT DO I DO?
I write picture books! Yay! Pretty cool, huh? Just to be clear, I write them. I do NOT illustrate them (which I'm sure you figured out when you saw my friends Pencil and Eraser over there).
WHAT ARE MY GOALS:
My main goal is to find the right literary agent. I'm going to be querying some of my manuscripts this year, and I'm excited to immerse myself in this process. But writing is always my number one priority. Every day I work to create a story better than my last. And I'm constantly on the look out for that character that is so awesome it makes all my other characters jealous.
WHAT KIND OF STORIES DO I WRITE?
Even though I have a wide range of stories, I tend to write a lot of dialogue-only stories with strong, funny characters. Big personalities are a big thing with me. I want kids to remember my characters after hearing my story just once, and I want adults to have no other choice but to get loud and goofy when they read them aloud. In short, I want everybody to get EXPRESSIVE and ENGAGED!
(Average word count: about 500; Age range: 3-8)
AM I INVOLVED IN WRITING GROUPS?
Of course! What, do you think I could do this alone!? Ha! I'm an active member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI Ohio North), Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and I have multiple critique partners/groups. In addition, I regularly attend writing events and conferences, and I'm super active in the Twitter kidlit community which allows me to connect and learn from some of the biggest names in children's literature, as well as participate in tons of contests, exercises, and discussions.
I'm an awesome mom to an even awesom-er 6 year old kid. And ... I have another on the way! So, things are about to get to a level of awesomeness I can't even measure. Woo-hoo!