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I am foremost a wife, a mother of four grown children, and grandmother of 10. I returned to college at age 45 to earn a BA in Liberal Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) while working a full-time job.  My first poems were published in 2000, locally, and in the UIS Literary Journal, Alchemist Review, 2003 (archived) and 2014. http://alchemistreview.com

As a visual artist I previously showed my art at local fairs and downtown galleries. While a member of Springfield’s Prairie Art Alliance, I taught art to children both in class and as a community outreach volunteer. I also worked in the 21st Century program with local elementary students.

For many years I’ve purchased kids books, and read to kids, and now I want to write for kids – FOR ALL THE KIDS WE LOVE.


I began with Children’s Book Insiders, online, where I came to understand the language and formatting of children’s picture books and much more. I joined www.SCBWI.org

I participated at Silver and Gold Levels in Julie Hedlund’s  www.12x12challenge.com by writing one new manuscript each month and revising a previous one. I’ve met published and pre-published authors who have inspired me.

An eye-opening course, JUST WRITE CHILDREN’s BOOKS, with professor and author, Emma Walton Hamilton taught how to analyze Picture Books. www.emmawaltonhamilton.com

Finishing a 2017 goal, my diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature was framed and hung on my wall.

Most challenging and enjoyable is a 30-day challenge to get 30 ideas or picture book titles. Formerly PiBoIdMo, in January 2018 I completed STORYSTORM. I invite you to join me on my writing journey.





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