I hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and I currently teach morality, ethics and social justice courses at a private high school in Michigan. In addition to my teaching career, I have taught, developed, and implemented programs and curricula that focused on teaching children the importance of value-driven lives centered on love and the importance of living an altruistic life. The Good Eggs book series is a wonderful “trilogy” that underscores the important concepts of Virtues, Diversity, and Service – essential models for young people to integrate into their lives as they grow into Good Eggs! I am very excited to promote this social enterprise, along with my husband, as we are passionate about helping children learn to be goodness in the world. Each time we sell a book, we give one away to an underprivileged child/school. This way, all children can enjoy the adventures of the Good Eggs!
1. Yes! I have always loved to read – even before I could read, I would take a book and pretend I was reading it, making up a story to go along with the pictures.
2. My favorite story was A Fish Out of Water, by Helen Palmer.
3. I get my ideas from my imagination. I was inspired at a young age; in 3rd and 4th grade, each week my teacher had us write a story using our spelling words. That was my favorite assignment. I came up with all kinds of adventures for inanimate objects. It was so fun – I knew I wanted to write children’s stories when I grew up.
4. It is not hard to write if you love it. I would say the hardest thing to do is to get started. Make sure to keep a notebook handy because ideas come to you when you least expect it, and you want to be sure to write them down to use later on.
5. I love the entire Good Egg trilogy, but I would have to say my favorite one is the last one, The Good Eggs in The Community. I say this because this last book ties all of the books together. You see the Eggs grow over the course of three years, and they learn so much; it’s fun to see how everything fits together. I actually shed a tear when I typed the last word.
6. I haven’t had much time to read fiction (I am a teacher, so I read a lot of “teachy” books), but the last fiction story I read was The Fault in Our Stars, by John Greene. I know that has been out for awhile, but I never read it (my students loved it, so I thought I would check it out). It was very well done. He has a new book coming out and I think I am going to check it out. I read it on the beach this past summer.
7. If you want to be an author, don’t give up on it. Like I said before, keep that notebook handy so you can record your ideas. Writing is a long process, so you need some patience. And – don’t be afraid to change a story line and start over. You will get there eventually; you’ll know when it’s just right. Also, write about things you love because it will be a lot easier to have your ideas flow, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Research is invaluable to a good story. Learn, learn, learn