Award-winning author Claudia Whitsitt began publishing her work in 2011. She loves writing as much as anything and believes that everyone should find their passion and spend time doing what they love. When she isn't reading or writing, you can find her outdoors, walking with her BFF, swimming laps, pulling weeds, sitting with her hubby on the deck and enjoying a quiet evening. She's also happiest when she's spending time with her grown children, doing the things they did so many years ago--playing board games, cooking, eating, and laughing together.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously when I was a 5th grader. I loved fairy tales, and wanted to create my own handsome prince to rescue me from my wicked childhood. I hated chores, homework, having to come inside when the street lights came on.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Between the Lines came from my childhood musings. I grew up in the fifties and sixties, and lived through the Detroit Riots of 1967. It was a time of great turmoil in our country and I didn't understand why all people couldn't just get along. Those questions, as well as a long teaching career, made me want to share a story with my former students in which a young girl challenges the prejudice and bigotry she encounters.