the skinny on WHY I am a writer

Photo 17Ever since my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Baughman, read Matilda and Bridge to Terabithia, I’ve wanted to give someone else the magic I felt as I listened and read those stories. Since that delicious year, I have continued to live a life that is both glorious and heartbreaking, wonderful and terrifying. And all of those experiences as well as the ones to come are the bits and pieces of magic inside of me that flow from my heart, through my fingertips, and onto a blank page that’s always waiting. It is my wishing-well hope that somehow those bits and pieces will come together to make characters as delightful as Matilda Wormwood, worlds as wondrous as Terabithia, and magic as glorious as I feel whenever I pick up a book.

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Picture Books:

anything by Mo Willems

anything by Cynthia Rylant

anything by Kevin Henkes

Middle Grade:

Anything by Shannon Hale

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Anything by Kate Dicamillo though specifically The Tale of Desperaux 

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis

Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I’m also a huge fan of classics…especially if I can borrow one of my dad’s leather bound copies (see About Page where I discuss my love of leather bound books)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

There are such wonderful books alive and breathing in the world right now! So many places to visit and people to meet and memories to be had…happy reading!

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