1983

I was born and was subsequently read to a lot

1995

Wrote my first story as a gift to a friend

1996

Got my first publishing credit, in a poetry anthology

1999

Read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time—my favorite book, ever

2000

Saw Les Misérables, igniting my passion for musical theatre

2000

Started winning some contests and having more work published

2002

Received the typewriter on the home page as a gift for my high school graduation, symbolizing my parents’ support of my decision to try to make a living with words

2004

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in creative writing

2005

Attended the annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York (and saw Wicked for the first time)

2007

Embarked on a career as an editor at an oncology-focused advertising agency

2007

Married my hubby, Shawn, on the stage of the Southern Theatre, central Ohio’s oldest surviving theatre

2011

Attended the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, gaining valuable insight into the craft of writing and the confidence to pursue a story that scared me

2012

Had a baby girl named Elise (Ellie)…stopped writing for a bit

2013

Shawn, Ellie, and I started completing “happy tasks”—performing random (and sometimes not) acts of kindness throughout the year—which eventually led to an idea for a story

And now

1 New Year’s resolution,

63 writing sessions before 6:00 AM,

4 character-centric playlists, and

250 deleted “that”s later,

I’m sharing my stories with the world