Friday, May 28, 2010

About Me

I was born and raised in Wyoming--the land that I love. Being a first child and having a phenomenal mother, I was read to all the time. I entered my first "Young Author's" contest in first grade. When I won, I was able to meet the author of a children's book (I now have no idea who this was).
I was a quick reader and I loved to write. I wrote a lot of poetry and entered poems in National Poetry contests. When I heard one of my poems was published in a book I was quite excited. I later learned that EVERYONE's poems were published in that book and it was only a ploy to get people to buy the $50 book, which of course, my family did not buy.
It didn't deter me though. I became the editor of my high school newspaper, won the Wyoming Journalist of the Year award, and went on to earn a degree in Journalism from Eastern Washington University. I worked as a reporter, columnist and features writer for three community newspapers. I also worked on short stories and continued my ever-expanding personal journal. It is several hundred pages and covers over 20 years of my life (which I am sure no one will EVER want to read).
I then took a major life break to, well, start my life. I got married to my best friend and we started a family. I kept up my journal, but didn't do a whole lot of writing otherwise. That was until I had my first baby and delved into Growing Up Gracie. I wrote it and didn't touch it again for several years. Finally I pulled it out and got back into the swing of writing and I have been going strong ever since.
I have a wonderful husband and four children who put up with my addictive love of hobbies which change frequently: photography, writing, baking, writing, genealogy, photography, running, writing, etc. etc. I usually can only focus on one thing at a time.
You can read author interviews with Fire and Ice here or Children's and Teen's Book Connection here


Sari said...

Love the new writers blog! Good luck to you honey! Love, mom

Shanda said...


I've been exploring your site. How exciting to have your first book released! Also, I'm wondering if you would be interested in participating in an event on the LDS Women's Book Review site. Each year we host a contest and Countdown to Christmas where we spotlight LDS authors and their books. Not only is it free publicity for the authors but our blog readers get to see what books are out there just in time for gift-buying. And it's fun. :)

If this is something you might be interested in our email address is ldswbr(at)gmail(dot)com. If not, no worries. Best of luck to you with your new book!

Shanda :)