Reading and writing came easy to me as a child. I loved to do both but I loved science more. As I grew up I kept reading but writing shifted to papers needed for science class.
I found once I settled into becoming a working adult I missed writing. Sure, I was fortunate enough to have a couple of jobs revolving around science: vet tech, veterinary sales, and eventually science teacher. I even did a stint in marketing for a year.
After the birth of my son I started watching more television and reading more books. I found myself daydreaming more and started jotting down notes about ideas I had for books. Most were based on my love of dogs. My very first manuscript is a novel I wrote about one of the dogs I rescued.
Besides writing I am a high school teacher and the former director of Pets for Vets NYC LI. This position inspired my first picture book manuscript in process called GEORGIA TO THE RESCUE. I am a Search and Rescue technician and K-9 handler in training.
But all this was practice and I eventually started writing YA manuscripts. I still take classes for picture books and early chapter books but my love and my niche is YA.