I grew up in a small town with a funny name. Sault Ste. Marie is in upper Michigan on the Canadian border. Sault is pronounced Soo and rhymes with zoo. Many people don’t even try to pronounce this French name. They just say The Soo when talking about the town. This can cause some pretty funny moments, because even today some people think I am saying The Zoo when I talk about where I was born. My family lived a little bit out of town, and while we did have skunks, porcupines, raccoons and even bears sometimes in the woods around our house, it wasn’t a zoo.

I played outside a lot when I was little. Climbing trees was one of my favorite things to do. I also rode bikes, played baseball and made forts in the woods with my two brothers and sister. It is very cold and snowy in the wintertime in The Soo, so we did a lot of sledding and ice skating. Some winters my parents would make us our very own ice rink in the backyard.

My mother was a school teacher and my father was a fireman. Everyone in my family liked to read and listen to stories. Many times on family trips my mother would read aloud to us. TV wasn’t a big part of our lives because we only had three channels. This was because we lived so far north. One of our channels was a Canadian channel, so we watched a lot of hockey, which is maybe why I still like watching hockey today.

Thelma age 10One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was to go into town to the library. My mother would drop me off while she went to do her errands. I would spend the whole afternoon looking for new books to take home with me. Our library had two big stone lions on either side of the steps. When I had finally selected the perfect books, I would go outside and sit on one of the lions and open my book. Just like that, even though I was really sitting on a stone lion in a tiny town in upper Michigan, I would suddenly be riding across the prairie in a covered wagon with Ma, Pa, Mary and Laura or walking down Mulberry Street looking at all the strange sights to be seen. The beep of my mom’s car horn would bring me back to reality, but just until I was settled in the car, where I would read all the way home and well into the night under the bedcovers with my flashlight.

When I grew up and got married to my wonderful husband, we moved to Wisconsin. I have two sons that I adore, four grandchildren who are the light of my life, and a cat named Sofia, who likes everything I write.  While my sons were growing up I got my degree in social work and worked as a social worker and as a school librarian. In June of 2015 my husband and I moved back to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. We now live on the shores of Lake Superior. Writing poems and making up stories has always been one of my favorite things to do, but it wasn’t until my own children were grown that I was able to follow my dream and become a children’s author.