I first began writing when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey. I would draw pictures and make up stories to go along with them. In 7th grade, I wrote a long, convoluted story about how my middle school was kidnapped by Nazis and how my friends and I escaped by digging a tunnel with spoons. I still have that somewhere.
In 1986, my husband, 2 yr-old- daughter and I moved to Stavanger, Norway for the summer for my husband's job. I quickly ran out of English language books to read to my daughter, so I wrote and illustrated a few of my own. I did buy the Norwegian language version of "The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle while we were there and it was years before I really knew what it was about!
In 2009, a friend told me about National Novel Writing Month where the goal was to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I had always wanted to write a book and although I had been honing my skills by writing Lord of the Rings fanfiction, I wanted to do something original. I decided NaNoWriMo was the incentive I needed and the rough draft of "The Gangster's Gold" was the result. I continue to participate in NaNoWriMo every November and hope to publish some of my other stories.