After earning a bachelor's degree in English, I rocked a couple of jobs in magazine and academic journal editing. Now I'm liking my new career: reading picture books to a story-loving kid and chasing the dream of being an author and writing mentor.

I'm unashamed to admit my literature and breakfast tastes are childish. I still like kids books and Peanut Butter Captain Crunch best, although I'm off peanuts and gluten these days. For writing fuel, I turn to iTunes and anything non-allergenic covered in dark chocolate.