Photo courtesy Katey Howes from a NJ SCBWI conference

I grew up in Buffalo, New York, the youngest of three sisters.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a dancer, and a scout for Mariah Carey even considered me for a part in one of her videos. But, alas, being too short and too nervous, that professional dream faded over time, and in middle school, a new dream was born.

My eighth grade social studies teacher asked questions that didn’t have easy answers, and he pushed me to think for myself. It was in his class that I decided to become a teacher and inspire others the way he had done for me. So I went to college and got a job teaching third and sixth graders in Clarence, New York, focusing mainly on language arts and social studies. Later, my family and I moved to Pennsylvania, and I became an Education Instructor at Bloomsburg and Bucknell Universities. In all of my teaching, and in my current role as a literacy coach, doctoral student, and founder of Authors and Educators LLC, I want individuals to question and to construct their own meaning and understanding within the context of their worlds.

Now, I continue to tackle hard questions through writing. My children’s writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency, and my stories seek to find truth and hope in all situations. I examine how experiences shape us and believe that our outlook and attitude can allow us to thrive in a complex world. There is both pain and love in all of our interactions; there is beauty in everything.

I navigate these musings, and occasionally more lighthearted topics, with my husband, three children, and puggle at our home in Western New York.