Author Bio & Pix
I earned a BA in English at Carleton College and an MA in Education at the University of New Mexico. I have one husband, three kids and six grandsons (whom I put in my Izzy Elf stories). I have lived all over the U.S., as well as in Holland and Brazil. I have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, tutored refugees in ESL, taught junior high and high school English, and written grant proposals for arts organization.
For a number of years, I was a singer/actress in amateur and professional companies. (As a mezzo, I usually lost the hero to the soprano.) I have been having fun putting all my old (somewhat rusty) skills to work with video blogs, audio recordings of songs from the stories, audio book recordings etc.
My "Artistic Mission"
I recently came across something I wrote for my Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators listing, for which I was asked to state my "artistic mission". I don't usually think of what I do in such elevated terms, but when I re-read what I put on the SCBWI website, it rang true. Here it is:
My goal is to write entertaining stories that do not “talk down” to young readers. I try to provide a glimpse of history or fantasy in ways that appeal to a child’s intelligence and sense of humor. By doing this, I hope to hook kids on our fascinating national history, and to help them gain an appreciation for playing with words.