I was born and raised in Columbiaville, Michigan, a tiny village surrounded by water, woods, and farmland. Growing up, reading was my favorite hobby followed by biking, swimming, ice skating, and playing the piano.
I have a degree from the University of Michigan and am a former journalist and communications specialist with over 25 years of experience writing, presenting, and developing workshops. Publications include pieces in Metro Parent, Jack and Jill, High Five, Pulse, and Highlights magazines. Middle School is No Place for Magic is my debut novel.
Here are a few more facts about me: I am the youngest of five kids. I became an aunt when I was three and my great-nieces and nephews gave me the nickname Mimi. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, daughter, and two very spoiled cats!
about middle School is No Place for Magic!
Jay's magic show/pet bunny is named after my cat, Mabel.
The story idea for this book was inspired by a real father/son magician duo. Boyer the Magic Guy (Jeff Boyer) has been a wonderful consultant on the novel.
I used several of my favorite Ann Arbor, Michigan spots as settings in the novel: Graffiti Alley, UM's Band Practice Field, and the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown branch.
about my writing
My first job in high school was covering basketball and hockey for a small, Michigan newspaper.
One of my favorite published articles features David Zinn, Ann Arbor's famous chalk artist.
My favorite interview was at an animal sanctuary where I nearly sat on a rescued pot-bellied pig hiding under a blanket on the couch!