When did I start writing? About the time I got my first pencil box - a real treasure chest, with two small drawers, a note pad, a pencil sharpener and a big pink (most necessary!) eraser.


At age 10, I published a neighborhood newspaper called the Ducky Doings, which sold for ten cents a copy. My happiest childhood hours were spent slaving with a purple pencil and ditto pad. My other favorite hours were time spent in the children's room at the Glendale, California library, from which I'd return home each week toting a wobbly stack of books.


In high school I edited the newspaper; I graduated in Journalism from University of Southern California. No question, I wanted to write!


After a year on a small daily newspaper writing about bridal gowns and funerals, I went into the advertising business as a copywriter, and spent four years among New York's best ad creators. Especially helpful was my work with Madison Avenue's talented art directors, who taught me to think visually and "write short."


Marriage and five rapidly-produced children stalled my writing career for a time, but gave me heavy experience for my future calling.


I now live with my husband, Jim McCoy, in Cayucos, CA, where I work over book ideas while strolling on the beach. Is this an ideal life? It is! I can imagine no happier pursuit than helping children learn the joy of reading.

 

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