How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was in second grade, and in fifth grade I decided that I wanted to be an author one day. My first book didn’t get published until about 20 years after that, but it was worth the wait!
What did you do before you became an author? If you are not writing full-time, what other work do you do?
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a writer, a teacher, a ballerina, and an astronaut. I’ve managed to accomplish two of those things, which is pretty good! In addition to being an author, I also teach writing at Simmons University. And I’m still holding out hope that one day I’ll become a space ballerina. :)
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
I love that I can take ideas out of my head and put them on the page and then other people can read about those ideas and have them in their heads too! It feels like some sort of magic, and it allows me to connect with people in a way I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.
What inspired you to write this book?
I got the idea for the Once Upon a Fairy Tale series after attending a writing workshop with David A. Kelly in which he encouraged us to write stories we were passionate about. I’ve loved fairy tales since I was a kid and I’ve also always enjoyed mysteries. I wanted to see what would happen if I combined those two passions and wrote a series of fairy tale mysteries.
What type of book are you writing? What draws you to this category?
The Once Upon a Fairy Tale series is an early chapter book series that’s part fantasy, part mystery, and part humor. I love mixing the magical with the funny, and it’s been so much fun to create mysteries that two regular non-magical kids in the Enchanted Kingdom have to solve in order to make "happily ever after" happen.
What would you like potential readers to know about your book?
If you like funny stories full of magic, friendship, mystery, and silly pets, this series is for you!
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Tell us one surprising/interesting/fun fact about yourself!
I once jumped out of a plane--on purpose!