When did you start writing?
In elementary school I wrote historical plays and directed them as well. My teacher let me select the cast, gave us time out of class to practice, and we performed the plays, complete with costumes, for our parents.
What was your first accepted piece for publication?
It was a poem titled “Life” in an anthology.
Where do you obtain your writing ideas?
Most of them come from real life. For example, one day I had a conversation with my Allstate agent. He and his wife recently found out they were expecting twins, and they were freaking out about it. I have identical twin girls, and our discussion gave me the idea for my picture book There’s Always Room for Two More.
What is your writing schedule like?
I am a morning person, so I usually write from 6:00 a.m. or so until noon. In the afternoon I may edit other writers’ manuscripts, research various publishers, answer work related emails, etc.
What are you working on now?
I usually have about half a dozen picture books in various stages as well as some shorter pieces like articles, stories, and poems.