When I first moved to Charlotte I was a newlywed with a graduate degree suited for a larger city with more international appeal. I wandered and flopped and eventually took a job in retail the same week that I was offered a part-time job in international education at a local university.
During my wandering and flopping I explored writing children’s books as an option. I loved the imagination that writing for children encouraged, and I loved the idea of being a part of those foundational years of developing a life-long reader. I found out the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators had a conference nearby, my hubby did some financial wrangling (and deep breaths), and I attended.
I had one important realization at this conference: my interest in children’s books came mainly from an appreciation for…
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