Growing up as the youngest of eight children, I had a vast imagination to keep me busy. I began my writing journey in third grade with an innocent creative writing assignment set in a haunted house. After 20 minutes had passed, and it was time for social studies or some other such nonsense, I told my teacher I hadn't finished my story and had much more to say. "Well, keep writing then," Mrs. Nagratski said. She let me ignore the rest of the day's assignments and focus on my writing. I haven't stopped since.
Many years later, trying to make my writing passion legitimate, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Journalism and embarked on a career as a technical writer. But I continued to pursue my love of writing. I took every creative writing class I could get my hands on. I started writing short stories, then dove into novels. I took a little pause when my kids were born, and then moved into writing picture books. I also write articles, mostly kid-focused, and personal essays about motherhood.
I live in La Grange, IL in a hundred-year-old Victorian house with sloping hardwood floors, glass doorknobs, and the tiniest bathroom you've ever seen. I have a great husband and amazing boy-girl twins. I'm an active member of SCBWI, where I volunteer as the Social Media Coordinator for the SCBWI-Illinois region. I work part-time as a technical writing consultant to fund my writing conference habit.