I love everything about reading. I love the weight of a book in my hands. I love the way words create pictures in my head and bring me to another world. I love how books teach me about life and love and who I am and who I want to be.
As a kid I couldn’t help reading all day. I hid my book under my desk and read in class. I read as I walked home from school, always slightly surprised out of my reverie by the elderly lady in the neighborhood who announced: “There goes the bookworm again!”
I had reading parties with my siblings. The five of us piled on top of each other like kindling in a fire, our limbs touching as our minds burned with the need to read. After bedtime I read with a flashlight, my book hidden under the covers as I forced myself to stay awake for just one more page.
My love of reading made writing a necessity. If only I could write things in a way that would help people want to crawl inside my book and never leave!
I’m not only a writer and a reader. I’m a singer, a marriage and family therapist, and now I have 5 children of my own. I’ve got a 3 year old son who speaks in metaphors. My personal favorite is: “My mom is a superhero!” My five year old daughter carries a pen and notebook with her always. I’ve got an 8 year old who will knock your socks off with her song writing and a 10 and 12 year old who read as avidly as I do and write beautiful poetry. I couldn’t be more blessed!
I’m thrilled be a part of this writing community and work with kids to get them writing and sharing their stories because really, there isn’t anything better than a good story.