I’ve learned that my best works evolve when I write from the heart. My heart is with young people. As an elementary teacher and mother of teenagers, I live in their world daily. My stories often give a voice to children and teens. I enjoy the challenge of writing about the world from their point of view.
My love of writing began when I was in elementary school. I will never forget winning a poetry contest and having my picture taken for the newspaper. I seek to nurture that same love for writing in my students by providing many opportunities for them to showcase their work.
Just as every child is unique, each class has its own personality. Every year I write a story for my class based on their interests. One of these stories titled, "Time Travel Storm," was turned into a book in 2012. "Our Right to Read Week" that year at school was themed around my story. I read it to each grade level as part of the campaign to encourage each child to write. The students' eagerness to read and write swelled my heart.
My daughters and their friends have also given me inspiration to write. Unfortunately, my girls have experienced the loss of loved ones due to tragedy. The grieving process for teens is different than that of adults. The heroine of my story "Beyond Vica" experiences the tragedy of losing someone close while navigating the everyday struggles of teenage life. This story is under contract to be published this year.
I’m thankful for every opportunity to write and give a voice to young people. I appreciate Beryl’s expertise in publishing A Certain Kind of Freedom, which gives a voice to writers of all ages and cultures.