I am a writer. I finished my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College in July 2006 and my writing life now feels like a big blank piece of paper. It was wonderful having advisors to share my work with. (A lot of work...altogether I submitted 2400 pages of novels in two years.) Now it is just as great to have a large community of dedicated writers.
I started writing in 2000, when I decided to take a break from being a physical therapist. Like a lot of people, I tried writing picture books, before feeling brave enough to try MG and YA novels. I became really involved in SCBWI. Now I help organize a novel writers' retreat at VC. I write every day.
But not always well.
YA novels have been my favorite, because when I think of a story, I usually feel 16 or 17 years old. But lately, I sometimes feel 13. And I'd really like to write a chapter book...and maybe some nonfiction.
My first novel, HEAD CASE, was published in FALL 2007, thanks to the wonderful Roaring Brook Press. I am so pleased that it was named a 2008 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.