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I cannot remember when I was not a writer, whether hearing words in my brain, or putting them to paper.

Words anchor me and create a conduit to my place in the world. I strive to have my work reflect a life in and of the world rather than isolation from it.

I devote most of my writing time to writing middle grade fiction, novels in verse, and picture books. But as a clinical social worker, I’ve written and consulted for years on the creative journey, and am columnist for SCBWI-Illinois’ The Prairie Wind and guest blogger at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations.

My picture book texts have won numerous awards, and JAKEY’S JAZZY RHYTHM was awarded Finalist in the 2016 Katherine Paterson Prize at Hunger Mountain.

My middle grade novel in verse, REENI’S TURN, was a 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize Finalist, and is the inspiration for the 2017 award-winning film, LA FOLIA, playing in numerous festivals in this country and abroad.

I love the time I spend writing, and I work hard to do it without concern for when – or if – my work will be published. I work hard to stay focused on the story I want to tell, and the journey of creating it.