The Charm Bracelet Bio

(or the Writing Resume I Wear on My Wrist)

charm-bracelet-photo

As a child, I had a charm bracelet with charms that marked the places I visited and the important events in my life.  As a grownup, I started a new charm bracelet – with each charm representing a part of my writing life.  I call it “my writing resume on my wrist.”  Instead of a traditional bio, I offer this…

The Queen Mary Ship

This charm represents my first historical picture book, WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP! which takes place on the ship the Queen Mary.  I conducted a book signing and was a guest at the WWII War Brides Reunion on this amazing ship, permanently docked now in Long Beach, CA.

Candy Cane

Wrote two Holiday feature articles in Woman’s Day Magazine.  As a freelance magazine writer, I published 25+ how-to, craft & feature articles in Woman’s Day Magazine.

Newspaper

Served as a newspaper columnist for 8 years for The Schaumburg Review newspaper.  Also published articles in The Chicago Sun-Times, the San Antonio Express-News and other newspapers.

Teapot

Published my first poem titled “When Jean Forgot to Say When,” a wild tea party tale-in-verse, in Highlights magazine.

Bug

Published three bug books, BUGS IN MY HAIR?!, BARNABY THE BEDBUG DETECTIVE, and WHAT’S BUGGING NURSE PENNY.

The White House

Published three presidential/election books, IF I WERE PRESIDENT,  IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT and TODAY ON ELECTION DAY.  The White House Historical Association featured IF I WERE PRESIDENT in their gift shop.

Heart

For two short story romances in Woman’s World magazine.

Hawaiian Quilt

Wrote a Hawaiian crafts feature and other articles for Children’s Playmate and Child Life magazines.

Book

For my first novel, THE TERRIBLE SECRETS OF THE TELL-ALL CLUB.

Ship’s Wheel

For a sea shanties article in Highlights magazine. I published 25+ stories, articles and crafts in Highlights magazine (by the way, sea shanties are songs sailors sang as they worked).

Mount Rushmore

For a book signing at Mount Rushmore.  The sculpture also appears in the books IF I WERE PRESIDENT and IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT.

Statue of Liberty

Wrote a family travel cover article for Woman’s Day magazine.  That issue featured a photo of my kids in front of Lady Liberty.

Roadrunner

Mascot of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I conducted research on children’s literature and authored/co-authored 3 academic articles on children’s picture books during the completion of a Master’s Degree in Reading & Literacy.

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