I began my journey to publication when I attended an Oregon Christian Writers’ one-day workshop which inspired me to continue writing. My work first appeared in magazines and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas, Brio and Clubhouse, Jr.
I love reading children’s books and discovered I also love writing children’s books including the Mrs.. Twiggenbotham Adventures, then Clopper, The Christmas Donkey which rose to #7 on Christian Booksellers Association’s Kids’ Christmas List after its release in 2003. Clopper and the Night Travelers, also beautifully illustrated by Ed Olson, has received five-star reviews . The third book in the series, Clopper and the Lost Boy is Clopper’s account of when Jesus stayed behind at the Temple as his parents left Jerusalem. The original Clopper has been printed in Spanish and will also be published as a children’s board book in 2013 by Kregel Publications.
Writing books for kids has afforded me the pleasure of talking to and meeting people of all ages from across the country in radio interviews, guest appearances and book-signings. Besides writing, I enjoy creating digital photo books, flower gardening, traveling and reading good books—for adults and children.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, I have been a resident of Portland, Oregon since 1968 when I married Dave. We are blessed with a great family—two grown children and six precious grandchildren. Dave and I have served as Kids Klub leaders at our church for twenty-five years. It has been a joy to see so many kids grow and flourish in their love for Jesus.