I grew up in Ann Arbor in Michigan, the youngest of 5 kids and obtained my Nursing degree from the University of Michigan. Once I graduated I spent 10 years working in Pediatric Intensive Care in Texas and Virginia and then I married an Australian and we moved to Australia in 2005. I continued my career in Nursing looking after critically ill kids and special needs babies before taking a break to start a family. We now have 2 lovely young daughters, and I have moved into the world of writing children’s books – with a special focus on books for girls, hoping I can create books that provide strong role models for kids in general – but in particular for girls.
So far I have written 2 books – “Smiley Riley and the New Neighbor” and “Smiley Riley and the Mystery of the Lucky Bracelet” – and I am in the process of writing my third.
What inspires you to write?
My latest book is “Smiley Riley and the Mystery of the Lucky Bracelet”. This is the second book in the “Smiley Riley Adventure Series” and a continuation of the story about Smiley Riley, her lucky bracelet, her friends, her family and her adventurous nature.
The inspiration for my books is my eldest daughter – who I saw naturally develop into such a positive role model for her friends and those around her. It made me realize how important strong, positive, courageous, role models are for children – and I think especially for girls. There are more visible role models than there once were – but we need more and I think we need more in books. So it inspires me to create a role model in a book – that can help kids read, and inspire them to be great.
Tell us about your writing process.
Given that I write children’s books, I collaborate a lot with the children in my world and also with my illustrator. Usually I will have a few ideas (ie books) going in parallel and develop them over a period of time and hopefully land somewhere that works!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
If you have an idea in your head for a book or a story, and it keeps coming back, even nagging at you – then it is probably telling you it needs to come out and be told.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It took a long time. Lots of thinking and ideas going through my head and a little encouragement and help from my husband.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Obviously digital media will play a much much stronger role – are we inevitably headed to the day when all books are on a device and none are on paper? I hope not – but clearly that is where a lot of innovation is happening. In the children’s book arena perhaps we will see more interactive books – somewhere between traditional books and television.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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