I was a kid with a big imagination. I loved playing pretend, reading stories, and making up stories.
But I’d never met an author, so couldn’t imagine being one. Instead I went to college and learned about computers.
When my children were little, I got interested in books for kids. I took a correspondence course about writing for children and sold my first story to a children’s magazine in 1992. I still like computers, but I like writing more! I’ve written short stories, articles, picture books, early readers, and novels. Some of them are listed here. I blog about writing too. These posts are written for other writers.
I do most of my writing using a computer. If I’m not working at home, I take my laptop and work in a coffee shop. My favorite way is to meet with other writers and we all work on our own separate projects. Sometimes we even go on writing retreats together. Writing can be lonely and meeting with other writers not only makes it less lonely, but also can be helpful. My writing friends and I motivate each other and discuss problems in our stories.
Also, I do a lot of pre-writing—just thinking about a story—when I lie in bed at night, driving or riding in a car, waiting in a doctor’s office, etc.
When I was a child, I told myself stories to go to sleep—and never told anyone! I thought it was weird. Now, I know I was just exercising my imagination. (And, it still helps me fall asleep.)
I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the best children’s writing organization in the world. If you are interested in writing, check it out at scbwi.org. I joined SCBWI in 1990 or 1991 after I attended my first writer’s conference in Seattle. I loved the organization so much, I got involved. I’ve been a Regional Advisor three times–once in Washington State/Northern Idaho (2000-02), in Kansas (2004-2009) and in Oregon (2012-2015). Now with over ten years of service, I’m a Regional Advisor Emerita. Plus I’ve been on each Region’s Advisory Committee.
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