All the SCBWI family who kept me encouraged over the years. A big shout out to my publisher, Marla Jones of Doodle and Peck, my illustrator, Dorothy Shaw, my critique partner who has read my pages for years, Linda Mai, and my friends Mary Clarkson and Ginger Reno who were my beta readers.
I will be eternally grateful for my mentor and our Oklahoma SCBWI founder, Anna Myers, for never giving up on me, but never being easy on me.
With God’s blessing, I will keep growing and improving as a writer and Camp Not Allowed will be the first of more to come.
Look what I won: autographed books, bookmarks and pictures by real live Oklahoma authors and illustrators!!
2018-First published book, Camp Not Allowed by publisher Doodle and Peck for 2nd and 3rd graders or reluctant readers just beginning to read chapter books. It is a light hearted summer fun read about gender equality with a Native American theme.
2013- First place winner, twice, in Midlife Collage’s short essay contest for Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow and for Controlled Chaos.
2005- Second place winner in Unpublished Children’s Fiction category of local Tulsa City County Library’s Adult Creative Writing Contest for The Grandmother Stories.
In my DREAMS!
*sunsets on the water
*mist rising on the lake
*clever license plates
*kids racing to be first to checkout a popular book
*lilac bushes perfuming a summer breeze
*breast cancer survivors
*hanging out with my grandkids
*mountain top views while snow skiing
*sound of waterfalls
*Anna Myers-children’s author extraordinaire
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”–Abraham Lincoln
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”–Author Unknown
“If you’re praying for a miracle and God doesn’t give you the miracle, then you’re the miracle for someone else.” —Author unknown
“I cannot live without books.”–Thomas Jefferson
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”–Cherokee saying