I am the author of a new middle grade series for children ages 7 - 10 called The Adventures of Henry Whiskers. Books one and two were released in 2017, and book number three is rattling around in my brain right this minute.
I am the youngest of eight – a yours, mine and ours. Guess which one I am. Yup! Ours! The only ours, by the way, which makes all of them mine!!!
I am married and have three grown children, a tabby cat named Tigger and a golden retriever named Clover. I’ve lived in the same town most of my life, but have been lucky enough to travel and to spend a few years living in England. We lived right near Windsor Castle, where the Queen of England lives and Henry Whiskers too. (Shh! The Queen doesn’t know.)
Some Other Fun Facts!
I love the sun, soft sand and salt water; long walks, bike riding, swimming and skiing, the smell of star gazer lilies and cut grass, the sound of crickets and ocean surf and, when I’m home alone, I like to eat popcorn for dinner (no butter!).
Being the youngest in my family is the best education of all.
Some of my favorite childhood books are:
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Wainscott Weasel by Tor Seidler
A Rat’s Tale by Tor Seidler
Cricket in Time Square by George Selden
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
I believe that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Believe!
I’ve had lots of wishes come true.
With a degree in early childhood education and a minor in children's literature, it should be no surprise to me that I ended up writing children's books, but I never set out to. When my husband and I moved with our children to England several years ago, I joined a writing group on a whim. I happened to live in walking distance to Windsor Castle, home to Queen Elizabeth, so I became very familiar with it. I fell in love with a Queen Mary's Dollhouse which is anything but a child's toy. It's an authentic, functioning miniature mansion complete with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water, electricity - even the royal family's wine in the wine cellar. This became the inspiration behind my first two books about Henry Whiskers who lives in the exhibit and has run of it, the castle and the murky underworld tunnels below - as long as he doesn't get caught!
I hope that this action-packed adventure story draws children in and helps them fall in love with reading. I was, and still am, a slow reader, so it takes compelling characters and plots to move me through the pages. Hopefully The Adventures of Henry Whiskers meets those standards. There are some subtle messages/themes in my books about family, courage, loyalty and integrity. I hope these wind their way into the subconsciousness of my readers and give parents and educators substantive material to talk about.
It doesn't matter much what your child wants to read as long as they are reading, so follow their lead, sprinkle a wide variety of books in front of them to sample and read out loud to them when they are infants and toddlers. The bonding time alone is irreplaceable and the love for story and reading will follow naturally.
I read other books, newspapers or articles for inspiration and I try to be a good observer of the world around me. This said, I am still learning to hone this newfound craft of mine, so I learn from other writers and I ask "what if" a lot when I get stuck.
Fun! Love of reading! I hope my readers find a new friend in Henry Whiskers.
I have no one favorite children's book, but at the top of the list are "My Father's Dragon," "A Rat's Tale," "Mouse and the Motorcycle," "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH," "Ferdinand," "Charlottes Web," "Cricket in Times Square" and the "Little Bear" series.