Hmmm, the first story I’ve ever written? Who knows. How do people always remember stuff like that? My first story probably had something to do with bothersome little brothers. 🙂
I do know I’ve been obsessed with reading since I could “read” Dr. Seuss’ THE CAT IN THE HAT right on cue with the mysterious voice coming from my little tape player. My mama would bring home books from the glorious Atlanta Public Library downtown near her office. I couldn’t wait for that incoming library bag brimming with all sorts of books and read-along stories, just for me. I used to actually walk into walls because I refused to stop reading!
I do remember the stories I wrote in middle school, though. Most of them I still have. From middle school through college, I often received excellent grades and positive remarks on creative writing assignments. It was also in middle school where I met drama, and plays and movies joined my obsession with books and writing.
Days filled with film theory, literary criticism, drama rehearsals, camera techniques, editing, and writing led to a B.A. in Communications Film/Video and English from Georgia State University. Even though I have strayed far from that path, I’m returning now. I’m not the least bit regretful of where I’ve been or what I’ve been up to…just the opposite! I’m proud to have been an ESL teacher abroad, to have served in the U.S. Air Force, and to have started a family. All of those experiences add to my story.
I am an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and my goals are to write beautiful, diverse middle grade literature and picture books and to transform soul-stirring books into films. My other goal is to get back into acting, but voice acting this time. I want to be a “mysterious voice” that inspires more children to embrace reading and pursue lives that cling to creativity.
Follow me, and let’s achieve our goals together.