As an SCBWI member since 2005, I have contributed numerous articles about the craft of writing to several children writers' magazines and newsletters. In doing so, I've enjoyed interviewing a plethora of kidlit pros--from authors and illustrators to editors, art directors and literary agents. As a freelance author, I've written human-interest articles for nearly twenty years. I've enjoyed sharing the stories of fetal surgeons, survivors of breast cancer, archaeologists, volleyball coaches, mothers of triplets, detectives who are moms, and many others from my community. Now, as a work-for-hire author, I've been contributing both nonfiction and fictional pieces for the children's educational market.