• Chicago – where I grew up
  • St. Paul, MN – where I went to college
  • Florida – where I live now
  • My husband Ron
  • My daughter Chaylee
  • Exercising
  • Reading
  • Sewing
  • Card Making (Stamping)
  • Playing Scrabble
  • Baking
  • Traveling
  • Housecleaner
  • Babysitter
  • Candy Striper
  • Camp Counselor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Teacher – 3rd Grade & Middle School
  • Camp Invention Director
  • Instructor of Small Engines
  • Curriculum Writer
  • English Teacher in China
  • Library Media Specialist
  • I can take apart and put together a small engine (the kind of engine that would be used in a lawn mower)
  • I love writing in pencil, but only the pencils made of real wood with the really good erasers
  • Any and all kinds of seafood
  • Loud commercials
  • Getting up in the morning when it's still dark outside
  • Pencil erasers that leave black streaks on your paper
  • As a child – Throwing up on the bus on the way to school
  • As an adult – Lighting the advent candle at church with my family – When I did the reading, I was SO nervous that the paper I held shook so much it almost blew out the candle.
  • I'm a VERY slow reader.
  • I get some of my best writing ideas from watching TV.
  • I always wanted to be a cheerleader and pom pom girl, but never was.
  • I'm VERY scared of lizards, snakes, and bugs of all kinds, but most of all cockroaches.
  • The Brady Bunch is one of my all-time favorite shows.
  • Staying up late
  • Making Christmas cookies
  • Making people laugh
  • Swam with dolphins
  • Walked on the Great Wall in China
  • Rode a moped in Italy
  • Whale Watch
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Really good writer friends
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O'Dell
  • Tiger Rising – Kate DiCamillo
  • What I Believe – Norma Fox Mazer
  • The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes
  • Stories of Christmas – Cynthia Rylant
  • The Qwikpick Adventure Society – Sam Riddleburger
  • The Problem with Pulcifer – Florence Parry Heide
  • Awful Thursday – Ron Roy
  • Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book – Alexander Stadler
  • The P.S. Brothers – Maribeth Boelts
  • ELIC Communique
  • The Student Literature Portfolio
  • The Timothy Reflector
  • Christian Education Counselor
  • Christian Home & School
  • InnerVisions
  • Successful Young Adults News
  • Seek
  • ParentLife
  • Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
  • Purpose
  • Standard
  • Skirt Magazine
  • Pinellas Public Library Cooperative Newsletter
  • JD Drama (online publication)
  • Pentecostal Evangel
  • Short Short Stories for Reading Aloud
  • B.S. in Elementary Education from Northwestern College
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois