My husband and I always knew we would homeschool our children. What I didn’t know was how homeschooling would ultimately school me. I had always harbored a secret desire to write, and truthfully, I loved my literature classes more than my math and science classes in school. Pragmatism ruled the day, however, when I chose to major in computer science at the University of Michigan and then launched a career in the software industry. I was ultimately rescued from five long years of computer programming when our first child was born, and I gratefully transitioned into full-time motherhood. We soon added three more children to the mix, and the homeschool years were upon us in a flash.
The mountain of great literature which is so much a part of the homeschool experience served me well. It reignited in me that love for language and the written word I did not have the courage to pursue in college. Moreover, it gave me the inspiration to write. I have had children’s stories published in various magazines, as well as other articles and newsletters. I also find great joy in blogging (www.SmallDogTallWeeds.com).
My own meandering journey to authorship, lacking in courage as it was, gives me a special affection for the heart behind Brave Writer. It is my great privilege to celebrate the work of young writers and to give them the help they need to cultivate their unique voice.
My husband and I live in southeastern Michigan. After twenty-two (short!) years of homeschooling, I am now retired. Besides writing and coaching for Brave Writer, I also enjoy swimming, weekend jaunts, and biking with friends—especially when our destination is a restaurant.