"I write stories that spark wonder, fuel curiosity, and craft worlds that help kids find their place in this one." That's what I came up with when a VERY PROFESSIONAL AND ORGANIZED writer friend challenged me to come up with a "writer statement" to describe what my work. After lots and lots of hemming and hawing (I hate to be pinned down!) and even more thinking and drafting and asking and re-reading what I wrote, I came up with the sparking wonder bit. Sounds a little lofty, but I dig it. So I'm sticking with it, for now. But that doesn't tell you much about me, which is maybe why you stopped by, so, here's that: I'm a writer, a mom, a church-staffer, and a huge fan of pit bulls. I'm a writer because I write (duh!), but also because writing is the lens through which I see the world. I caught the writing bug from Shel … Read More about Welcome!
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