I was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on April 25, 1976. At a young age I developed a love of reading, writing, drawing and creating that stayed with me throughout high school and college. My work as a preschool paraprofessional and children’s librarian nurtured this love into a desire to publish my own books for children. My first picture book Too Much Glue was released by Flashlight Press September 1, 2013. I have been lucky to visit thousands of students in hundreds of classrooms since that day. The greatest part of my journey into publication has been connecting with students and teachers and attempting to impart some of my love for being an author onto them.
Too Much Glue has received national recognition. It was the 2016 Montana Treasure State Award Winner in the primary division. In 2014 it received a Play On Words PAL Award which recognizes outstanding children’s products that engender play, advance language and appeal to all children for lasting value. It received a 2014 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award in the Kid’s Books category and was chosen for the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog. The book is also recommended nationally by Elmer’s Glue and included in the Elmer’s World of Glue Free Teaching Guide. It was on the Alabama Camellia Award list 2014-15, Grade 2-3 Division and was a finalist on the NY State Charlotte Award list, 2015-16.