After receiving a BA in history at Mary Washington University, Lora Lynn began her official teaching career as a museum docent, giving tours and educating school groups and tourists alike with stories from history. After several unfortunate incidences with live farm animals, she was more than happy to retire her historical clothing and become a mother to seven kids, ages 13 down to 5. She blogged for 11 years at Vitafamiliae.com, telling the stories of her young brood. Now she blogs at her grown-up site: LoraLynnFanning.com and nurtures the art of writing in the next generation of wordsmiths and storytellers. In addition to teaching her own children at home, she teaches writing in local co-ops and at BraveWriter, including the class she developed – Journaling Jumpstart.