Writer, dreamer, wife, mother, friend
This is me and my snow buddy.
This is Max, our lovable rescue dog.
The day I married my best friend.
Leslie Leibhardt Goodman
Here I am...
When I was a child: My favorite presents were books. My appreciation for picture books began on my mother's lap. I enjoyed listening to the sound of her voice as the stories led me to strange and magical fairytale worlds. From elementary school on, my favorite class was creative writing. I loved making little books from folded sheets of paper I'd tie together with yarn, and I loved filling those books with my stories. Some things never change...
I write because: I love telling stories. Long before I knew I wanted to write for children, I played the "What If" game with my father. We'd settle on the sofa and imagine what life would be like if we lived in some distant galaxy or in a dusty crater on the moon. Naturally, some of my favorite memories of playing "What If" wiggle their way into my writing.
My Family: My supportive husband understands my necessity to write. He listens patiently to the latest versions of my stories and doesn't complain that I converted the bigger part of our dining room into my writing space. Our daughter loves to act out parts of my stories to help me visualize the emotions and actions I write. And our dog, Max, listens with the heart of a saint to my rough drafts. (His favorite stories star dogs in the lead role.)
Hobbies: When I'm not writing, which isn't often, I take online writing courses, read and study picture books, frequent the children's section of the library, paint, bake, garden, care for our little zoo, and spend time with my family.
Education: I studied at The Institute of Children's Literature both for picture books and middle-grade novels. I have taken the Art and Craft of Poetry from the Highlights Foundation and have completed writing and poetry courses with Jill Esbaum, Linda Skeers, Susanna Hill, Emma Walton Hamilton, Jodell Sadler, Heidi Bee Roemer, and Renee LaTulippe.
Organizations: I am a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Writing Challenge.
Publications: My work has been accepted by BabyBug, High Five, and Caterpillar magazine.