Above, with grandson Joey and husband John at Robert Quackenbush's writing workshop. To the left with granddaughter Ivy at theTexas Book Festival. My writing table at home is to the immediate left, complete with crayons, colored pencils, and my BOOK OF WORDS.

I love BOOKS, my day job as a librarian, my early morning and weekend job as a writer.  I grew up in Mississippi and now live in Texas with my husband, three children, and 7 grandchildren. When I was young, my favorite place to read was a porch swing. It's called PORCH READING. This photo reminds me of lemonade, family, friends, and a cool Mississippi breeze. My favorite chapter books were the Nancy Drew series. I wanted to grow up, drive a convertible, and solve mysteries just like Nancy.