Like most writers, I started reading at an early age. My parents couldn't keep up with my love for books and I will forever be indebted to them for always supporting my passion to get lost in a story. Every weekend my mom bought me a new book and on the days when I'd read everything the bookstores had to offer, she took me to the library. And when my bookshelves became too heavy and threatened to break, she drove me to our local mom-and-pop bookstore to donate my books for others to enjoy. Thanks mom, for always encouraging me! And thanks dad, for working all that overtime to support my expensive habit :)
Sweet Valley High, Babysitters Club, Judy Blume, Fear Street--this is where it all started for me. High school AP English tested my love for reading though by making me read books I wasn't interested in (ahh those dreaded summer reading lists!). But those classes also introduced me to some great classics like: To Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Sense and Sensibility; as well as Shakespeare, poetry, Greek mythology, folklore and fairy tales so I guess it wasn't all bad!
I didn't always know I wanted to be a writer. As a child I saw authors as magical, almost make-believe people whose names were on the books I loved. I never dreamed I could one day do what they do. But as time went by, it was something I started to seriously consider. I had stories in my head that were itching to get out. So in 2011, with the encouragement of my older, and infinitely wiser, sister, I decided to take the plunge. I spent the summer researching and writing my first novel. It took about 4 months to have a first draft and and another two years to revise. And all the while I learned everything I could about my craft as well as the publishing industry. In 2013, I wrote my second manuscript and in October of 2014, I accepted representation from Holloway Literary. Now the fun begins!
My husband and I have been married twice (by a JP and the church).
My youngest was born at home.
I always order pickles and tomatoes on my sandwiches and burgers and then end up taking them off.
I could drink sweet tea all day.
Reeces buttercups and Dove chocolate are my major food group.
I was on drill teams for 10 years.
I graduated #16 in a class of over 400 in high school and with honors from Southwest Texas State University in 3 years.
My sister thinks I'm is the funniest person she knows.
My kids make me the happiest person alive and I want nothing more than for them to be proud of me. I hope my love for reading and imagination passes on to them and their kids after them.