drawn by my friend, Kelli Nash

I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. I graduated from Richland High School. I went to college and became a kindergarten teacher in Arlington, Texas. After that, I was the library teacher at Little Elementary School in Arlington.

After that, my husband and I moved to the east coast of the United States to the state of Maryland where I now teach at McDaniel College. My students are mostly teachers who want to become school librarians.

I still hear from my Little Elementary students and that pleases me immensely.




What is your day like as an author?

During the school year, I am a college teacher, so mostly, I do teacher stuff—plan lessons, grade papers, go to meetings. I have a little more time in the summer to write. A writing day might be like this:

Wake up, wash my face, put my hair in a ponytail.
Go to desk, think and type. Drink lots of water. Let the dog in and out.
Eat lunch.
Go back to desk.
In evening, take walk with husband and dog.
Eat supper. Maybe watch TV, or go back to desk, or read.
Go to bed. Read before turning off the light.

Do you enjoy dogs? I love dogs.

Do you have any pets?

We have a mutt named Reilly. He is 80 pounds of love, but he is sneaky. He likes to get in the trash and eat paper towels.

What would you be if you were not an author? I would still be a teacher.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

I love to read, learn, and think. I like walks. I like my husband’s cooking and my friend Mary’s almond cakes. I like trains, New York City, movies, and Broadway musicals. I like knitting and looking at yarn. I like talking to family and friends.

updated 12-31-09 mk