I am an award-winning author of more than 85 books for children and adults, a popular speaker, and currently a writing mentor for the Christian Writers Guild and Brave Writer. I have taught creative writing courses at the University of California Extension for 15 years, the Long Ridge Writers Group for 20 years, and the Learning Annex for five years.
Encouraging new and aspiring writers is one of my passions. I was named Writer of the Year by the San Diego Christian Writers Guild in 1997, and in 2002 I received the Special Recognition Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for writing and mentoring. In 2004 I accepted the International Reading Association Award for my article for children on Kurdish refugees which was published in Highlights for Children magazine. In addition to my writing and teaching career, I am the mother of Brave Writer creator and owner, Julie Bogart.