In many ways, fourth grade set the course of my life. That’s when reading became a real thing for me as my teacher read The Secret Garden to us. That did it. I was hooked on books. I discovered the love of books and reading and never looked back. I also started considering my faith that year. Did I really want to follow Jesus or was it just expected of me? My dad was the pastor of our church and I needed to figure this stuff out. Nine months later, I claimed my faith through baptism, a decision I’ve never once regretted.
I always enjoyed my English and spelling classes in school and never dreamed it would lead to a writing career. In high school, I started writing poetry to express my all-over-the-place teenage feelings. I have those poems in a journal to this day.
When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to be able to stay home with her, but knew I’d still need an income. I took a correspondence course through The Institute of Children’s Literature, which was the first time I’d really considered being a writer. (First lesson learned-- I still needed my day job.) I continued my writing education over the years by attending writer’s conferences where I networked with other writers and editors. Next thing I knew (read over the next twenty years) I had six published books! (You can see them on my Books page.)
So what am I doing now? Well, the first book in my Shelby Culpepper tween fiction series released in February and I'm so excited to share it with you. It’s clean, fun reading for your tweens.
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