Teacher by day, I have a bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in secondary education.
I am a member of SCBWI and completed my MFA in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. I am an aspiring author who writes everything from classic retellings to steampunk to anti-heroes to science fiction.
I have won two writing competitions: the SCBWI Student Writer Scholarship for Winter 2016 and the Shirley Henn Award for Best Creative Submission at the 2012 Francelia Butler Conference.
My Top Five Favorite Books Are:
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Some of my Favorite Recent Reads Are:
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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