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I have always lived in Kansas. When I was growing up, I lived in a number of small Kansas towns and cities. The one place that stayed the same for me throughout my childhood was my grandparentsí farm southwest of Wichita. Itís still one of my favorite places.

I read books all the time. My favorites when I was younger were about kids who moved to new places, which seems logical. I also liked stories about the past. I really liked Laura Ingalls Wilderís Little House series, which combined stories of the past with stories about a girl whose family moved constantly. I wanted to be a writer, but also a nurse, an actress, and a journalist. When I grew up, I became a teacher instead. I taught English in junior high and high school, worked at a childrenís book store while getting my MFA in creative writing, and taught college writing and childrenís literature. Iím married and have three children, who are a constant source of inspiration for my writing.

 


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