When I was eight years old all I wanted for Christmas was a typewriter (yes, I am that old). I wanted it because I wanted to become a “writer” and I didn’t know I could write without a typewriter (ha ha). I knew my parents couldn’t afford to buy me one though, so I prayed to Santa Claus, the way some people pray to God, and asked him to bring me one instead. The jolly old guy came through for me that year, and I got myself a shiny red typewriter!
I wrote songs with it, and a few poems, but as the months rolled by so did my interests. I abandoned my beloved typewriter for a while, along with my love of writing.
I went to school for a long time, then worked for the United States Customs Service for an even longer time. When my kids were born I became a stay-at-home mom and quickly learned that if I didn’t do something fun, just for me, I’d go crazy. So in between mashing carrots and making play dates, I began writing again.
I learned that when I sat down to write, I never wanted to stop. Nothing made me feel as complete as writing did. Being able to create something out of pure imagination was amazing to me, and still is. Imagination is our gift from the universe, after all.
When I finally acknowledged that writing is what I was meant to do, I got serious about it. I sat down and wrote the children’s book What Does the Tooth Fairy Do with Our Teeth?. That was a challenge because not only was I attempting to answer an age old question in a unique way, I wanted it to rhyme as well. To me, this book is a perfect blend of beauty, fun and creativity. It offers loads of ideas for what the Tooth Fairy might do with our teeth, while still allowing kids to use their own imaginations. This book won a Gold Mom’s Choice award in 2015!
I think imagination is so important I created a monthly Tooth Fairytale Contest where kids are encouraged to come up with their own ideas for what the Tooth Fairy might do with their teeth. I choose one winner every month, so get your entries in!
Because imagination and creativity aren’t limited to children, I also write inspirational stories for adults. There is nothing more creative than creating a happier place—for myself and others. If you can imagine it, you can create it! I write a blog on my website called Raisin’ Kids—for parents who want to raise children who become adults, not adult children. I’m also a featured author on the website of best selling author and Oprah columnist, Karen Salmansohn
My new children’s book, released in March of 2015 is called Soap on a Rope. This is another fun and creative story, with awesome characters (my favorite is the dog, Foo Man Chew). It took me two weeks to write this, so it kind of wrote itself, and it did a pretty darn good job of it too! It also won a God Mom’s choice award!
I have a middle grade book in the works called Sweeney Mack and the Slurp and Burp Competition, so watch for that!
I hope you enjoy my work, and if you do, please let me know, and tell your friends!
You’re never too little to dream big, nor too big to dream!