I was born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, where I continue to reside. I am one of 5 siblings–the middle-kid. My wife and I have been together for 15 years. We are currently collaborating on a short story for teenage readers.
Over the years, I have worn many different hats. I’ve worked in a public library, designing window displays and helping people locate books; in an adult daycare (as an instructor), teaching life-skills to people with disabilities; and in an elementary school, conducting a latchkey program.
As a library assistant, my interest in Children’s Picture books was encouraged in a couple of ways. First, the library that employed me offered everyone a free course in Children’s Literature. Second, as a staff member, I was responsible for conducting a story hour for our three-to-five year old patrons. And lastly, I began to read more during this time–books on just about everything.
When I made the original sketches for “Three Hungry Fish”, and as I developed the text, I drew on inspiration from various sources. But being able to pull it all together, would not have been likely except for the experience of working at Martin Library. Being employed there and being able to work around picture books on a daily basis, has been an inspiring and worthwhile experience.