1. She grew up on a farm in Ohio.
2. She always knew she wanted to be a writer.
3. In high school, she acted in school plays, played flute and piccolo in the marching, pep and symphonic bands.
4. She was a newspaper reporter and a writing teacher.
5. The reason she became a writer..."I know I have to write a story when the story keeps me awake at night, teases at the back of my brain all day, just won’t let me go."