Thank you Cheerios, because it was your “Spoonful of Stories” contest that first piqued my interest in writing for children. I clipped this tiny column from a parenting magazine and stuck it in my desk drawer almost seven years ago.
Then I began to write, to read, to revise, to conference, critique, and connect. This work is indeed a marathon, not a sprint. Clipping the Cheerios column was the first step for me, but the entire race requires miles of training (read 1,000+ books), conditioning (revise, revise, revise), and dedication (keep putting one word after the other -persist!).
I owe huge thanks to my editor, Meredith Mundy at Sterling Children’s Books, and my agent, Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency, as well as to the kidlit bloggers, authors, editors, librarians, artists and fellow writers that I’ve been lucky to know along the way. Each of you have inspired me to keep plugging along with my stories. Lest this post in dry, inventoried nature, risk being played off the stage Academy Award style, let me say how delighted I am to share the news of my debut picture book, When a Tree Grows, sprouting onto shelves in Fall 2018;