When my first Siamese cat gave birth to six kittens on my bed, my appreciation for differences and the love of cats started. Cats and students have been a big part of my life for fifty years. Creative Writing was among the high school English courses I taught over my forty years in the classroom. I always wrote with my students. It provided me with knowledge of the assignment and led me down my own path of discovery. After retirement I was able to follow my passion of writing for young readers. I enjoy reading my books in elementary school classrooms and talking to my audience. They always provide me with amazing ideas and I have been able to use some of them to create new stories. I live in Colorado with my husband and one senior cat. I also enjoy being an active grandmother.
As a kid I loved swimming and going to the park to swing and going down the slide. How high could you go? How fast would the slide take you? How deep could you dive? But, one of my favorite activities was playing JAX with Judy Larson inside her screened in porch. We played with a golf ball because it had the best bounce! I can still see her sitting crossed legged and concentrating on getting all of the jax in one bounce. Just the two of us. We caught lighting bugs and put them in a jar, and joined the neighbor kids in hide and seek. Unfortunately I have lost track of her over the years, but we were best buddies from first grade to our senior year. Yearbook, journalism, pep club, and more. She taught me how to deal with death when she lost her dad early in life. Simple times are precious times never to be forgotten.