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 published books (and lots of essays, articles, and reviews)
 *MFA from Minnesota State
University, Mankato
 *thesis called Secondhand
 *YA novel in the works
 *lots of picture book manuscripts and my memoir sitting patiently in my computer

 *20+ years, all ages from around the world
 *English, but should be English the Crazy Language
 *English as a Second Language (ESL), but should be English as an Other Language
 *M.Ed. in Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota
 *B.A. in English from Drake University in Des Moines

 *favorite color: black -- it goes with everything
 *favorite food: dessert and most culinary delights, except lobster and anything spicy
 *favorite place to travel: Switzerland, but I have a long bucket list
                                                                          *favorite season: spring
                                                                          *favorite music: hard rock (Halestorm, Seether, Starset, Papa Roach, '80s rock...)
                                                                          *favorite people: my husband, boy/girl twins, mom, three brothers and their families


Writer Reality Check
(one of many):

I wrote my first education
book about the life cycle
of spiders, completed in
January 2003. After the
ISBN had been assigned
to the book but before it
was published, the
publisher went bankrupt. 
I was on

for years for a book that
didn't exist.


        What I also enjoy/hobbies:

Reading, of course! My top shelf books include: 
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
In the Wilderness by Kim Barnes
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Color of Water by James McBride
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (first read in 7th grade)
traveling--I've lived in Mexico, Italy, and Japan; I've been to 22 countries and over 30 states;
I LOVE to meet new people, experience new cultures, and dine on ethnic food!

                                                    PHOTO:  from my first-ever book signing. At the Book Warehouse   
                                 in Medford, Minnesota, on 10.11.08, I sold more The Story of the
                                           Minnesota Wild books than I did at a Wild home hockey game!


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