My childhood nickname was Willard, and my sister was The Bean. We are still best friends, but no longer wear pots on our heads. I am passionate about promoting diversity in children’s and young adult literature and reaching reluctant readers. I’m a former teacher and school librarian, and I’m an unpublished young adult writer who is busily working on her craft and seeking an agent. I live in North Carolina with my husband and children, but will always be a New Yorker in my heart.