Contrary to other authors I've read about, I didn't always want to be a writer. Granted, my brother and sisters called me Bookworm and my parents shooed me outside for fresh air, but writing never occurred to me, not even after my college English professor suggested I major or minor in English.

Instead I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Food Science. I've worked in product development in a commercial frozen foods bakery (where I made cheesecake every day for six months), and as an editor for a food industry trade journal, (writing about many exciting topics, such as reducing sodium in food products and government regulation). I owned a gourmet-takeout shop (the setting for one of my MG stories), and sold real estate. I've been a freelance editor, and more recently I've written about commercial real estate and commercial mortgage-backed securities.

Writing fiction is totally different from nonfiction, and there is a huge learning curve. But success in writing is as much about patience and determination as it is about talent. (I like to think I have equal amounts of each, and fortunately my husband has plenty of patience.)

A member of SCBWI, I was the executive editor of Sprouts, the magazine of the NJ SCBWI, for three years, and am a frequent speaker at writing conferences and the New Hope (PA) Community School. I also conduct novel-writing and revision workshops at the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center in Perkasie, Pa.

These days I write for children, especially middle grade, but I've dabbled in picture books and young adult as well. I'm represented by Erzsi Deàk at Hen & Ink Literary Studio.

I live in Bucks County, Pa., near the spot where Washington crossed the Delaware River, and am mother of three children, wife of one husband, walker of one dog, servant to two cats, and garden with five free-range chickens.
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