About the Author
Hi and welcome! Let’s see…, first of all, I’m so lucky to have four amazing sons (all grown up now, much to my dismay). I’m also blessed to be married for over 30 years to a pretty great guy. We all live in sunny Arizona although I was born in freezing cold (but very beautiful) upstate New York. I worked as a Legal Assistant for many years and have always liked all things pertaining to the English language. Some of the other things I enjoy are reading, hiking, treasure-hunting at garage sales and thrift stores, scrap-booking everyday memories that tell our forever story, and writing poetry. We also have 3 dogs (Rocco, Ryder, Ronin) who are total (but much loved) goofballs that provide us with lots of love and laughs.
My Beautiful Boys
In January 2014, my life changed forever. I became a grieving mother…, for the rest of my days on this earth. Nathan was only 28, and I knew I was never strong enough to endure such a fate. But then, I had no choice. And so I survive, because I must. I’ve just become brave enough, three years later in January 2017, to even utter the words publicly. My path out of the all-encompassing, relentlessly cruel desolation was not the conventional way, but the only way that could work for me. I will try to share bits and pieces of that hellish journey as I continue to navigate this most unwelcome road. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
About the Illustrator
This is Branson, the youngest of my boys and my artist. I first noticed his artistry at age 4 when he drew Donald Duck’s nephews — Huey, Dewie, and Louie — on a napkin at the kitchen table. I wrote the capital letter rhymes to help him write the alphabet letters in kindergarten. Years later, at age 16, Branson brought the letters to life, perfectly capturing each unique personality with his creative drawings. Art is his main passion, and skateboarding is a very close second. A budding entrepreneur, he creates his own t-shirt designs for a company he and his friends started called EPOD (Elevated Perceptions of Dimensions). He also writes very original and thought-provoking song lyrics, plus he agreed to sing in our first video: the Alphabet Anatomy Rap (as long as I wouldn’t tell anyone it was him, which apparently wasn’t very cool for a teenager). I’m glad to say he’s gotten over that, however, so now I can freely tell everyone.
Writing Alphabet Anatomy’s first capital letter rhymes was just me as a mom trying to help my son with his handwriting. You know that we moms are the first and best teachers for our kids, right! Once Branson mastered those skills, I just tucked the rhymes away in a file cabinet…, and there they stayed for over ten years. I had no idea they would become a future book. It was quite by accident that I found them again in the middle of packing and moving to another house. When I read the rhymes again after all those years, I thought they could help other kids too, and now here we are!
After Branson illustrated the letters, I made a mock book and brought it to our local library for some feedback. The librarian said she loved it and told me she’d often had parents ask for an alphabet book on how to write the letters but she hadn’t known of any before; and she told me her daughter would love it too! I walked out of the library that day super encouraged and, needless to say, very happy. For the longest time, I’ve hoped that my writing could make a positive difference in the world somehow, even it made just one person’s day a little brighter. To help kids master the alphabet letters and thereby contribute to their early literacy foundation is a very worthy goal indeed, and one that I will gladly and humbly embrace.
So, to all of you who have kindly managed to land here on this page, I sincerely thank you for visiting my website. I wish you all the best that life has to offer as you also navigate whatever journey you have chosen. I hope it’s your passion and I hope all your dreams come true.
Blessings to you and yours!