Teacher by day, I have a bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in secondary education.
I am a member of SCBWI and completed my MFA in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. I am an aspiring author with a soft spot for girls who love science and boys with a creative side.
I have won two writing competitions: the SCBWI Student Writer Scholarship for Winter 2016 and the Shirley Henn Award for Best Creative Submission at the 2012 Francelia Butler Conference.
Books I Loved as a Kid:
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Some Favorite Recent Reads Are:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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