I’ve always felt my writing career began in kindergarten when I was handed a first-place trophy for writing for my school district. The truth is I wrote that little essay about raccoons and entered it in the writing contest when a very understanding teacher presented it as an alternative to participating in the dreaded poetry recitation contest.
Years later, I’m still writing to avoid doing the things I don’t really want to do. Over the past 10 years, I’ve written and edited for a variety of print and online publications, including serving as managing editor of two magazines.
Then I finally decided to pursue a long-time goal of writing and illustrating a children’s book. When I set out to write my first children’s book, I decided to leave part of the creative process up to my readers.
Instead of reading and looking at pictures, children are invited to read, imagine, and draw out their own illustrations.