I was born in Wakefield Massachusetts. My family lived in Somerville, a suburb of Boston. We lost my mother when I was 5 years old. This loss helped lead to my love of books. I could forget the lonely feelings and sadness when I was engrossed in a good story. My mother was a creative person and even though I am not artistic like she or my father were, I do feel connected to them when I write.
My father instilled a dedication to hard work in everything my siblings and I did. It was important to him that we know the value of hard work and dedication. That lesson is one that I instill in my kids books as well.
I currently live in Lexington KY with my husband and three children. We moved in order to provide a better life for our children. I went back to school in 2010 and rediscovered my love of writing. With the encouragement of my husband I earned a degree. My father's lessons stuck with me and I worked hard to become a member of the National Honor Society.
With my children growing up fast I realized I now have time to pursue my dreams. I have started writing a series of children's books based on my crazy family, and the amazing memories we have made together.
I always kept a journal to help me process thoughts and actions each day. It started as just writing what happened in school or with family, When I would reread my entries and realized how boring my life really was I started to spice up my day. I didn't have the skills to really write but I would purposely make my day sound more extreme. After I went back to school I realized I liked writing, not just for myself but to help entertain and even teach others. It wasn't until my daughter was born that I thought I could possibly have an audience that may enjoy my stories. My kids and my husband are my inspiration so my stories are filled with love and humor.
I approach writing as a type of personal therapy. I process my day by putting things down and then I look and see if there is a story to be told. Sometimes it is the most mundane comments that inspire me. One of my favorite stories came from a normal day picking apples on a school field trip with my daughter. I also find myself looking at current events and how they effect my family. I may be sharing my stories but in many ways they are still a form of therapy for me. They help me process current events and try to put things into perspective.
I have completed my first middle-grade novel and have submitted requests for cover artwork. Stay-tuned as this exciting project starts to take shape.