Category

The Ideas Behind My Stories
Holly Jolly House from HOT COCOA HEARTS

The “Christmas House” that Helped to Inspire HOT COCOA HEARTS

The memories are vivid. December weather in Southern California rarely fell below freezing temperatures, but there was still a crisp nip in the air as we piled into my dad’s car to make our yearly pilgrimage to the “Christmas House.” The tradition began when I was around eleven or twelve, around the time my dad...
Read More
Farm-Life Fun in My Books

How Farm-Life Fun Inspired SHAKE IT OFF and A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

One of my favorite parts of the writing process is deciding on and creating settings for my books. When I’m deciding on a setting, I consider interesting places I’ve visited and places my readers will find exciting and unique. In order for me to portray a setting realistically, it’s important for me to feel comfortable...
Read More
The Real Elephant Who Inspired A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

The Elephant Who Helped to Inspire A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

The ideas for my stories come from many different sources. I’m inspired by people I meet, places I visit, adventures I’ve had, and even by my own dreams. My most recent middle-grade novel, A Tale Magnolious, was inspired by a dream about a real elephant named Mary. This is her story. Mary the Elephant Mary...
Read More