Judy Blume sparked my desire to be a writer. I remember hiding "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret" and passing it around in school. I recently reread the book, and can't imagine what all the hiding was about!
My first big attempt into writing was a manuscript I called "Three Days To Olam." It was a sci/fi novel and I worked on it day and night. I had so much fun writing it, but I was not a sci/fi fan and that showed in my work. I didn't yet understand if you want to write, you need to read! I was out of my element.
When we added two puppies to our household my writing career started. My youngest son, looking for something to read, asked me to write stories about the puppies and that was how the Ellie Adventure series began.
In 2015, I began to dedicate myself to my writing goals. I began to visit elementary schools and do author visits, which is one of the best things about being an author! To see those little faces looking up at me, so young and hopeful. I designed a presentation around being interactive, fun, and educational. I joined writing groups, attended conferences and involved myself in a critique group, which is a must for any serious author.
As I wrote, I began to read different genres and found myself favoring picture books. When we were still allowed in our libraries, I would check out a rolling cart full of picture books a few times a month. After joining 12 x 12, I have worked on eight picture books. It doesn't even feel like work. There isn't one part of the process I don't love!