There’s always that awkward moment when I meet someone new and they ask “And what do you do?”
My degrees are in electrical engineering and foreign affairs, but that’s not what I do. I write and I volunteer. With our kids (Ellie and Vincent) now young adults, my volunteer activities are now writing activities: writing about the things that I love — science, education, kids and dogs. My current list includes being a volunteer writer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, writing for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence, writing for the Denver Rose Society, and facilitating a support group for families and educators of Twice-Exceptional children (neurodiverse kids who are highly gifted and have quirky wiring with assorted learning differences).
And then, of course, there’s the dogs. For the past decade, our family has raised assistance dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. Some dogs graduate, and others don’t. Hathaway, our pup #3, came back to us, and now my husband Guy and I joke that because she forgot to take the optional driving class in puppy college, we spend most of our time chauffeuring her around to her various therapy jobs. With Hathaway, we volunteer with Children’s Hospital Prescription Pet program, Denver Pet Partners, and CBR Youth Connect.
Puppy #6, Nella, was released from CCI for medical reasons, so she is back with our family and has joined Hathaway in providing therapy at Children’s Hospital.
I’m fortunate to have an amazing writing group, The Story Spinners, where we blog about writing: www.inthewritersweb.com
We are all long-time members of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. We keep each other going in the long and often frustrating journey of children’s book publishing — and we have a ton of fun in the process!