When I was a little girl, my family used to spend the first two weeks of every summer on my grandparents’ small, 11-acre farm. Grandmom and Pop Pop did most of the farm chores on their own, but they needed help for strawberry season. I remember scooting my carpet square down the row of plants, searching for the biggest, reddest strawberries I could find. My sister Debbie and I ate more berries than we put in our baskets, but that was part of the fun. (We were just like Little Sal in BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL – kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!)
My life away from the farm was more urban. I grew up in Atlanta, GA, earned a business degree from Furman University, and got a job with Delta Air Lines as a flight attendant. But years later when my husband was offered a job in Lewisburg, PA, my young sons got a taste of small-town life. Our friendly borough was surrounded by rolling hills of farmland, and it was almost like living in the pages of a picture book. It was during our time here that I got the idea for COWHIDE-AND-SEEK and became a picture book writer.
I’m now back in Atlanta and live with my husband Mark, my three sons, and a 100-pound puppy named Captain. In addition to writing, I work as a teacher/librarian for a preschool. It’s the perfect job for me. I’m surrounded by kids, books, and storytimes all day long!