Children's Books • Nonfiction • Educational Materials
I got started writing when I was teaching special education at the high school level. I wanted badly to expose my students to classic literature, but I knew that it would be way above their reading and comprehension levels. I decided to take a short story, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and rewrite it at a level that would match my students' abilities. I ended up writing it as a reader's theater script. We read it in class, each student taking a part. They LOVED it! Knowing that there was a market for adaptations, I started to think about trying to get published. Meanwhile, I was using an amazing website, edHelper.com, to download materials for my classes. One day, while reading their newsletter, I came upon a question: "Would you like to write for edHelper?" WOULD I??? Yes! So I sent in a writing sample, and, as they, "The rest is history." I have been writing for them for the past 8 years.
I began writing nonfiction articles about earth science, one of my favorite subjects. (Yes--seriously!) I published a few nonfiction articles for various children's magazines. Then I hit it big-- I was published in Highlights for Children. I must say, I was pretty proud of myself! Since then I have attended three writing workshops through the Highlights Foundation. The folks who work for Highlights and the foundation are great people. There are no big egos there, and everyone is very helpful and down-to-earth. They have a beautiful place tucked away in Boyd's Mills, PA, and they treat you like royalty. I could go back again and again. I have learned much from the workshops I have attended there.
I love writing, and I am grateful to everyone who publishes what I write. This is the best job in the world. I can work at home in my pajamas and slippers, or on a train to Washington, DC. Traveling is another one of my passions, and it is where I get much of my inspiration. My husband likes me to think I drag him along on my travels, but I know he truly loves it, too. We have seen some magnificent places and we look forward to more adventures to come.
Is there a down side to writing? Yes. Commas. But I'm learning, with the help of my editors and my daughter, Kate, the English professor. Did I have too many commas in that last sentence? UGH!