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I learned to love story in my grandmother's lap. And then my two sisters came along and took over my space. First Jane with the red hair, then Gale in The Lap. I'm the oldest standing behind the woman I adored. Ethel Jane Matthews, my world's most amazing raconteur. She read to me from Golden Books and and anthologies, but mostly she recited tales and original adventure stories. She encouraged me to memorize and recite poetry, to tell my own tales with focus and expression. She was also an accomplished southern country cook who never used a recipe. Her biscuits were light as air, and she made the most delicious pineapple cake ever. Notice how we're in front of a piano? None of us were accomplished musicians, but we all loved singing. In fact, on my third birthday, I sang to my cake!


        "Happy Birthday to me!"

        "Happy Birthday to me!"

Years ago I wrote in a diary (it had a lock and key!). Not about my life, but about a pretend life of a girl named Sharon. Now, for many years, my passion lies in creating for children. I am very proud of my degree from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I continue to write historical novels. And I have branched out into a series of early chapter books and a picture book biography.  

I live in Raleigh, NC, with my husband David.

We're blessed with a wonderful son Matt and his wife Sarah and an amazing daughter Emily and her husband Tim. They have given us two terrific grandsons, James (2) and Finn (1). We also love an inquisitive and joyful Aussiedoodle - Rocky, the Sock Thief.