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Illustration by Alina Chau

Welcome to my site.  I am thrilled that you have stopped by for a visit! I’m a children’s author, poet, wife, mother, librarian and wannabe knitter, not necessarily in that order. I have great fun teaching poetry to all ages. In 2002 I founded the Fine Line Poets, and I have served as a judge for numerous writing contests, including The Sandy, the Mass Book Awards and the Massachusetts State Poetry Society.

 

News

  • Let’s Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day

    Here’s to Multicultural Children’s Book Day  2017! I chose The Nian Monster, by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau, and published by Albert Whitman, an award-winning children’s book publisher since 1919.  Confession! I am completely biased. I have loved The Nian Monster ever since I heard Andrea Wang read her manuscript at one of our writing ...

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  • The Public Library: Where All Your Resolutions Are Met

    When I sat down to write out my resolutions for the year, something occurred to me. The very place where I work, the public library, holds the key to many of my future goals and desires. How can that be, you might ask? Check it out here!

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  • Together at Last!

    I am always amazed to hear stories of authors and illustrators who never connect during the picture book process. How can this be? I know publishers can be a bit leery of any author-illustrator relationship pre-publication. After all the author might attempt to influence the illustrator, or squash her creativity. But I LOVE to find my ...

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  • Boston Authors Club

    What an honor to be with these amazing authors! Thank you for reading between the lines, Boston Authors Club, and giving The Story I’ll Tell a “highly recommended” title. Click here to view:

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  • Genuinely Happy

    It’s not easy to be genuinely happy for others. As a matter of fact, it takes lots of practice, especially in the world of writing. Often we wonder why someone else’s book is achieving more awards and accolades than our own. Goodness, we may still be waiting for our first book to be accepted. That alone ...

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