hers for the reading
"From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood."Books are the passageway into worlds unexplored and people yet met. Simply put, this blog is about exploring those worlds and meeting those people through reading and writing. I talk about books, the publishing industry, the writing process and life's adventures.
—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
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A cheesehead by birth, I've lived in 20 cities in six different states, graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and worked as a PR professional, school administrator, bookstore clerk and newspaper-delivery girl. I also have an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
I live in Virginia where I teach college writing by day and work on my own YA fiction by night. In 2009 I realized I might be able to do this writing thing when I received a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Work-In-Progress Letter of Merit for middle-grade historic fiction. SCBWI awarded me a second Letter of Merit in 2011 for a contemporary YA novel in verse. I also write freelance features for publications across the country, and many of my book reviews are published on websites and in newsletters.
While I cannot live without my books, I cannot live on books alone. My husband and I live on an small-scale farm with our children and an assortment of goats, fowl, dogs, cats, lizards and an abundance of plants.
When I'm not visiting my family or exploring my own back yard, I roam around the country looking for adventure with my best friend. We especially love the national parks in the West and the cities of the East.
Community volunteering takes up a lot of my time. I enjoy working on projects for libraries and tutoring my kids.
And of course, baseball is life. My dad taught me early in the ways of the White Sox (he grew up just a few blocks from old Comiskey Park), and I've had a soft spot for the Nationals since attending opening season in 2005.
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