• 26 Years of Middle School Experience • Language Arts, English, Reading • Published Author of 16 Young Adult Novels
Absolutely Outrageous. • Energetic, Dramatic, Creative, Spontaneous, Cooperative, and Fun
• #2 CBA Bestseller (YA) • #4 ECPA Bestseller • Featured Front Page Washington Post • Interviewed on National Fox News Morning Show w/Steve & Gretchen • Mom’s Choice Award • Lamplighter Award for Fiction • Silver Moonbeam Award Nominated: • Clive Staples Award • Cybil Award • AFCW Book of the Year
• BA in English Education from University of Maryland • MS in Guidance from Bowie State College • Plus 30 Credits in Reading from McDaniel University
I come from a long line of family teachers. Both of my parents were teachers, so I guess it came naturally to me. But I never imagined how much fun teaching could be. And, as it turns out, teaching changed my life. I began writing short stories for my students. You know, to supplement the curriculum' s rather dry literature selections. My students loved these stories. And they bugged me and bugged me to write more and more. Eventually the first story, The Door Within, became a novel. In 2004 I received a contract to publish The Door Within and it has sold over 100,000 copies. Since that time, I've continued to involve my students in every book I write. They are my first line editors, and you would not believe the literary discussions we have each year. I am in my students' debt and outrageously honored to be a teacher.
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