Tell us something about yourself?
I am a junior high Spanish and Language Arts teacher in Illinois. I have been a teacher for about 20 years. I have picked up a lot of wonderful ideas about young adults by working with them as a teacher. As a Language Arts teacher, I have also picked up a lot of great writing and reading ideas. I truly believe that my career is a wonderful complement to my writing career. I am also a book reviewer for The National Writing Center For Children and The Story Circle Network.
Who is your favorite author? Favorite book?
One of my favorite books is an exciting suspense novel entitled, Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
How did you get started writing?
I got started in writing by writing about teaching and educational issues. I have been doing that since 1996.
What are you working on now?
Currently I am working on authoring my first book. It is a story of a girl, and how she deals with her teachers and peers in a middle school.
Do you have a “day job,” and if so, how do you find the time to write?
My “day” job is a seventh grade Language Arts and Spanish teacher. I find most of my time to write in the summer. However, I do try and fit in some quality writing time during the year.
Do you have a set time for writing? A set place?
I really don’t have a set time for my writing. I usually do most of it in the summer, but I try to do it when I can find the time during my school year.
What is the most helpful writing advice you’ve gotten?
I would say the most helpful advice would be to stick to a routine writing schedule. But whatever one does, just keep on writing all the time. Even if it is for 15 minutes everyday. That is advice I aspire to achieve.
What is the least helpful advice?
The least helpful advice would be someone asking me why I would want to be a writer. You would have to write all the time! Naturally, that was the funniest as well.
Any last words?
Yes, I am a freelance writer who is always open to find writing work related to my career. I think writing is a wonderful profession that offers numerous possibilities. I would love to author books for young adults and teachers.