As a child who grew up with a profound hearing loss and a wild imagination, I loved to escape into books. There weren't deaf—or hard-of-hearing—kids in any of them. Did kids like me exist?
Over the years this improved slightly, but with one out of three kids in today's world having hearing loss, they need more representation. We need more representation.
Even though I've worked on both the editorial and marketing sides of publishing, I'm now doing what I love best: writing books for kids about kids like me. They are humorous, middle-grade stories with a strong-willed protagonist who has a hearing disability.
When I’m not writing, I dance on roller skates, raise butterflies, and eat chocolate. Way too much chocolate.
Joyce Sweeney of The Seymour Agency is my amazing agent.
• Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators scbwi.org
• Florida Writer's Association floridawriters.org
• Signed Ink (A collective of D/deaf and HOH/hard-of-hearing authors and illustrators who champion diverse D and HOH voices and cultures in literature. signedink.org)
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