About

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One day when I was very small, I sat down with a notebook and a pencil and wrote a story. I don’t remember what the story was about, but I remember getting this amazing feeling. I loved school, and my favorite parts of school were when we got to sit down with our notebooks and just write for what seemed like forever.

Then I learned to type! Yes, I learned on old manual typewriters that my junior high used! I realized that I could type these stories I was writing. And that lovely feeling came over me again.

I went to college, law school, practiced law, began teaching at a community college, went to graduate school, became a special education teacher. The one constant through all of these changes was that I wrote. I wrote on a word processor, and then a desktop computer and now a laptop.

My first teaching job was in Detroit Public Schools. I realized one day that I could not find books that accurately reflected the lives of my students. My students faced many challenges, but at the end of the day they were kids. They were kids like every other kid. And that’s how SPEED OF REAL LIFE was born.

I am beyond thrilled to be represented by the amazing Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York City. You read that right–NEW YORK! I can’t believe I actually know people in NYC!

I wrote a local history book, Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor, that was published by Arcadia Publishers. My second book, A People’s History of the People’s Food Co-op, will be out this spring. I also write for Concentrate Media, Mittenbrew, and various other publications around town.

Ten Random Facts About Me:

  1. I live in the best city on earth–Ann Arbor, Michigan!!! I am on our Public Art Commission, on the advisory board for our Parks & Recreation group, on the board of A2Geeks, volunteer for 826Michigan, and am involved in an improv troupe.
  2. I am an only child.
  3. I am a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions. I know.
  4. My all-time favorite TV show is Mystery Science Theater:3000
  5. I know Braille.
  6. My favorite colors are blue and yellow, but NOT because of the University of Michigan.
  7. I can sort of play the ukulele, sort of tap dance, sort of English Country dance.
  8. While in junior high, I wrote a lot of poems about nuclear war. They were pretty awful.
  9. I have been a public speaker my whole adult life–debate, moot court, litigation, storytelling. I love it all!
  10. My husband, Ken Anderson, is my greatest supporter.

 

me and ken

Living an Ann Arbor Life