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This is a little information about--you guessed it!--me.
I spent most of my first eighteen years on a farm outside the small town of Victoria, Kansas (population: 1,208). My roles included gathering the eggs when the city cousins visited and wanted to engage in novelty farm-like activities, chasing pigs back to their respective pens when they tried to make a break for it (I did this once while wearing my eighth grade cheerleading uniform—don’t ask), and swindling my younger sister and brother out of their money.
I graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and married my high school sweetheart, Ron Sauer. We did not return to Victoria, causing the town’s population to plummet to 1,206. Ron and I have a daughter, Julia, and a son, Mason.
I loved being a teacher and library media specialist, but I am currently a full-time picture book author. I have visited hundreds of schools and spoken at various conferences across the nation. I even gave presentations at Disney World! Woo-woo!To date, I have sold 28 picture books to major publishing houses (Bloomsbury, Disney*Hyperion, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon& Schuster, and Sterling).
In addition to winning awards, many of my books have gone on to do great things. For instance, MOSTLY MONSTERLY was selected for the 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program, NUGGET AND FANG is currently featured on the Spring 2015 Scholastic Book Fair DVD which was shared with more than 50 million students, and CHICKEN DANCE was recently developed into a musical by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre and currently has 53 shows scheduled for spring 2016.
Writing is one of my absolute favorite things to do, but I also love to read, ski, spend time with my family and friends, go to movies, and eat out as often as possible. What is more, I am hopelessly addicted to checking my e-mail.
My family and I live in Edmond, Oklahoma, with one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish.
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