I write books for teens. Mostly novels, but also some non-fiction and, recently, graphic novels. I knew when I was seven years old that I wanted to be a writer, and in my latest step towards realizing that goal, I received my MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
I knew that I wanted to write for children years ago when I realized that I was not cut out to be an activist. But there are so many children hurting, and sometimes I think that there is so little that I, as one person, can do to help them. But I think books were what saved me as a kid–they provided me with a safe haven when my life was hard, and, when I was ready, they gave me a safe place to start exploring and understanding the hard things that have shaped me.
I truly believe in the transformative power of literature. And I hope some day to pay it forward.
I am available to speak about Adversity, Literacy, or Graphic Novels. Feel free to contact me for details.
And if you have a book that you think might be appropriate for this site, please contact me. I cannot promise to review every book I receive, however.
Thank you for stopping by.