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 participated at Silver and Gold Levels in the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge by writing one new manuscript each month and revising a previous one. I’ve met published and pre-published authors who have inspired me. I welcome your company along my writing journey.

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