I love encouraging children to read and the children in my class love to read controlled horror. Controlled horror is horror with a purpose. I've learned this from them while observing their excitement during playground breaks. A monster is always chasing them and when someone gets caught by the monster one of them takes center stage and tells why and how the victim was caught. I write for them and the drama and excitement and controlled why---horror that they seek.
When did you first start writing?
I was about ten and started writing as a way of entertaining myself when school was out for the summer. I loved reading books but I discovered that I also loved writing my own.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It’s about delightful, rambunctious twins who hate listening to their loving and patient mother. She tells them about a horde of monsters who have moved into the meadow across the street. The twins never stop chattering long enough to hear that the monsters are children eating monsters. It is a funny, scary, tale that the children in my class absolutely love and constantly request that I read it to them.
Reba’s grandfather introduces her to his giant kissing fish, Burt and Matilda. But!! A fisherman at the lake also sees the big fish. Reba learns the pain of loss and the joy of forgiveness as her grandpa’s fish are headed for the hot oil in the frying pan.
Bella’s mother nagged about cloudy days and invisible spiders’ webs. “Young butterflies fly into sticky webs and get their heads bitten straight off and are never seen again,” Bella’s mother warned. Bella thought that the nagging warning was an old wives’ tale. But one cloudy day Bella accidentally flew into a sticky web and came face to face with a hungry spider and feared for her head.
Charlotte and Charlie Morgan are a cute, giggly, chattering set of twins who never listen to anyone except each other. They did not heed their mother's warning about the mean gang of monsters who moved into the peaceful meadow across the street. These monsters collect children for their potpies. Charlie and Charlotte are in for a scary surprise when they meet the monsters.