In my fourth grade yearbook, my career goal was to “write books
with my dad.” I was 9 years old then and now I’m a grown up. So
I have wanted to write books for a long time!
For many years, I would ask my husband, “Do you think I’m going
to get published some day,” and he would say, “Yes.” But one day,
I asked him that question and he thought about it and said “No.”
“What???” I said. My husband explained, “You’re not going to get
published unless you get serious about writing and sending the
manuscripts you write out to editors.”
He was right! So I got serious and made it my goal to get 100 rejections. Many people
thought that was a crazy goal! Writers want acceptances, not rejections, right? But if I never
got brave enough to get rejections, then I would never get acceptances.
I started to submit my stories and poems. And I did get rejections. But I also started to get
acceptances. One day, Highlights accepted three of my poems. My baby son could not
figure out why Mommy was screaming so loud. Here was a magazine I had loved for so
long, and they were accepting my writing. I could hardly believe it!
As you can probably guess, when my wonderful editor accepted “Where Do Diggers Sleep
at Night?”, I was through the moon!
Today I try to write whenever I can find time.
When I am not writing, I am busy reading
and playing with my two sons.I hope to
publish many more children’s books in the