Although I spent a majority of my formative years with my nose in a book, winning my third grade class’ Budding Author Award marked the moment I began to think of myself as writer. I eventually went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing -as well as a second Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Library and Information Science- from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I have been working as a Youth Services Librarian in the suburbs of Chicago for the past seven years. I have also volunteered my time writing book reviews for School Library Journal for the past six years and served a three-year term on the Illinois state Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award evaluation committee.

While I am always involved in various writing and library projects, I hope to traditionally publish a picture book, middle grade, or young adult title in the (not-so-distant) future.

These days, I live with my husband and our dog, Mac, in the city of Chicago.

When I’m not reading, writing, or otherwise at the library, you can usually find me cheering for one of Chicago’s sports teams, trying out new recipes and restaurants, running (semi) long distances with Mac, practicing yoga, plotting my next home project, or planning my next travel adventure.

That’s my story. What’s yours?

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