Crazy for picture books? Yep, that’s me. Hip to chin with PBs, I can barely make it out the library doors without peeking in at least one. I’ve read thousands of PBs (literally, thousands) and many, many books on the craft. Through this site, I’ll share with you anything and everything I’ve learned on my journey to becoming a published picture book author.
Way back when, I graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and then later graduated from the University of Phoenix with an MBA. After years of working at a large aerospace company as an Operations Manager, I decided to leave the corporate world to raise our three children. My love of children, books, and the English language, combined with my wild imagination, inspired me to start writing picture books. After years of reading and writing hundreds of corporate documents, unfortunately none of which were titled “The Little Engineer That Could” or “Don’t Let the Pigeon Fly the Airbus,” I am thrilled to be reading and writing picture books instead. When I’m not busy with our children I’m writing and reading and editing and critiquing and writing…and of course, sticking a little math in here and there when I can.
I’m married with three children, Jace, our son is 15 years old and our twin daughters, Remi and Rylee, are 14 years old. Several years back we rescued and welcomed a Golden Retriever, named Lily into our home.
I am an active member of SCBWI, the AZ SCBWI advisory board, RhyPiBoMo and many other children’s writing Facebook groups, as well as the RhyPiBoMo critique group coordinator. In addition, I assist Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen with her on-line A-Z Picture Book writing courses and I’m honored to have been on the Board of Education for Kidlit Summer School along with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Kami Kinard, Marcie Colleen, and Leeza Hernandez. https://nerdychickswrite.com/faculty/
February 2016 – won first place in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Contest with Grumpy Bear’s Valentine.
April 2015 – created a parody for my RhyPiBoMo blog post called
All About That Rhyme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV9OEi0UpTc
May 2014 – won first place in The Golden Quill RhyPiBoMo Poetry contest
judged by: Renee La Tulippe, Jill Esbaum & Tiffany Strelitz Haber
April 2014 – placed second in Susanna Leonard Hill’s March Madness fractured fairy tale contest with Goldibawks and the Three Pairs.
March 2014 – double finalist in the Rate Your Story Contest (PB category)
December 2013 – won first place in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Mishap story contest with ‘Twas the Night Baafore Christmas.
March 2011 – selected as one of the top 25 finalists in the National Association of Elementary School Principal’s (NAESP) Book of the Year contest.