What’s your background, what compelled you to start writing?
I have always had a passion for writing since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book at the age of 9. I’m an avid reader myself, and always found myself writing things down to explore further later on. My 7th grade English teacher had told me I should write children’s books, but I was always so shy and introverted. I wish I had started writing earlier, but, better late than never!
What book from your childhood do you remember the best? Why?
Nancy Drew was always my favorite because I enjoyed the suspense of solving mysteries, and she was always going to fun places.
Does writing energize you, or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me, and gets my adrenaline going. When my creative juices are flowing, I feel like a super hero.
What’s your writing Kryptonite?
My writing Kryptonite is noise. I have to be in my office, with the windows closed, and the phone off in order to concentrate..
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to get started, go for it!
How many half-finished and unpublished books do you have right now?
I have one that I just finished, one that is almost finished, and another that is in the idea stage.
What does literary success look like to you?
People enjoying my books, putting smiles on children’s faces, and them wanting to read more of my books.
Did you always want to be a Children’s author/illustrator?
Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I’m very passionate about it.
Were you an avid reader while you were growing up?
Yes, I was either in my room or outside sitting under the big oak tree in our yard, reading.
How many hours a day do you write?
I try to get in at least 2 hours a day.
Who inspires you?
My husband inspires me and brings out the kid in me, we both enjoy having fun, and are like two big kids.
If you didn’t write, what would you do? Or, if writing is not a full-time job, what do you do?
I work as a school crossing guard, I enjoy helping the children and parents, get safely to school.
Besides hard work and talent, what other traits has led to your success?
Having patience, courage, and believing in myself.
What sparked the idea for Dipsy Doodle’s Noodle?
‘Dipsy Doodle’s Noodle,’ was sparked one day while I was sitting alone, eating spaghetti, and my imagination just started going wild.
Is there a particular message that you hope readers will take from Dipsy Doodle’s Noodle?
I like to make my books fun, but also with a little lesson in them.
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