If you want to know a little about me: I grew up in a small town in Alabama surrounded by professional storytellers - my family. My life’s background helped to influence my writing and creativity. While growing up I attended Young Authors conferences, I tried my luck as a magician (mostly card tricks), earned my Junior Ranger badge at quite a few National Parks, and was in a marching band in high school and college. When I’m not writing fun fantasy and horror stories for middle grade readers, I enjoy traveling, attending rock concerts from musicians my parents’ age, hiking, and, of course, reading. My first novel was published in 2021 – Enchanted Misadventures with Great-Aunt Poppy. I’m agented and have two MG books on submissions. I currently reside in northern Alabama with my husband and a couple of cats.
If you want to know a lot: I have loved writing stories ever since I was a child. I participated in the Young Authors conferences in my hometown and state, and I would write and illustrate my own short stories. I found so much joy in sharing my writings with others. While the dream was put on the back burner for years (and YEARS), it always stayed in my mind - I wanted to write a novel. But I had no clue where to start.
Many years later, I joined an online writing community and learned a LOT about the writing process and how to outline a story. I also joined another online group with critique partners and beta readers to read my writings, give me advice, and honestly, they greatly perfected my writing skills. I am so happy I joined these groups and highly recommend joining online writing groups to all authors!
One of these online groups held a novella contest and I decided to participate - that is where "Enchanted Misadventures" was born. I soon realized the story was a lot bigger than what I had thought, and the novella quickly turned into a novel. Ten months later, I signed a contract with a publisher and the rest is history (as they say).
In October 2021, my novel Enchanted Misadventures with Great-Aunt Poppy was published through Sweetwater Books.
I am currently working on new novels and am represented by Bethany Fulk at Holloway Literary. If you'd like to see a sneak peak of my current writings, head over to my Current WIP Page! (Work In Progress)
Some other fun facts about me... I have a BA and MA in English. While attending The University of Alabama for my BA, I marched in The Million Dollar Band. A job attitude test in High School told me I should be a magician. I'm a member of the Southern Breeze region of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). I love cats and have two big, fluffy, cats - Binx and Pippin, and two striped kitties - Lady and Ophelia. I'm married to my wonderful and goofy husband, Miles, and we live in Alabama. I've held a tarantula (yes, it was creepy) Also, at my first ever concert, Billy Joel held my hand (ask your parents/grandparents who that is) I teach online English courses and do freelance work to help other writers. I am a Beta Reader and Critique Partner. I love sweets and bread, yoga pilates, walking/hiking, and traveling.
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