Kids have no patience for books (printed or eBooks) that don’t capture their attention. An author has three minutes, maybe four, to hook them. By the first page or two if they are not hooked, kids are “so out of there!” But, if your book does grab them, they’ll devour it. They’ll read it over and over again (or ask you to) until they’ve memorized it. A great book can give children a gift—the desire to read more. There is no need to “dumb down” writing for kids. Richness of language helps kids … [Read more...]
She first earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University when she lived in New York City. After she moved to California, she began creating stories for children. In 2000, she attended the Highlight’s Foundation Writer’s Workshop in Chautauqua, New York. Years later, she was accepted as an instructor for The Institute of Children’s Literature Training Program. She has served as an Advisory Board Member to develop the California State University Fullerton Extended Education Writing for Children Curriculum. An online instructor for the UCLA Writers Extension Program for over five years, she has taught a Picture Book Writing workshop. She also has students who study independently with her for one on one instruction. A long time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), she gives workshops on Writing in Rhyme, Revision and Story Diagramming at author’s retreats. She has participated in the Reach Out and Read Aloud Program and she attends author festivals and does school visits throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County School Districts.
An award winning picture book author with titles that include Z is for Zombie, Down on the Farm (this book is available as an eBook/app on LeVar Burton’s Company RRKidz), and The Zombie Nite Café, she also writes screenplays and her credits appear on the International Movie Data Base www.imdb.com.