more about me:
Where am i from?
I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, soon after, my mom and I moved to Germany- I don't remember a thing about living there. After moving back to the U.S., I lived in Kentucky until 3rd grade. Then, it was off to North Carolina. While living in NC, I went to a year round school, (9 weeks of school, followed by 3 weeks off, all year round) so during my breaks I would go back to Kentucky. I also lived in London, England for four years of Undergrad.
When someones asks, "Where are you from?" Louisville, Kentucky is always the answer, but ALL of these places have become a part of me, even where I live now, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Most influential person:
My grandmother. She's my rock. Her strength, beauty, and outlook on life keeps me going. My grandmother was born in the 1940's, grew up during the civil rights era, and has endured more than I can imagine. If I can become half the woman she is, I know I've done well. Grace is what she possesses and grace is what I strive to obtain.
How can I narrow this down?! I guess I'll start with the books I gravitated towards when I was a kid. I loved Wayside School is Falling Down, so Louis Sacher quickly became a favorite. I also had a book called Better Than a Lemonade Stand, about small business ideas for kids. I don't think I ever implemented any of these ideas, but I loved reading about innovative things kids could do to earn money.
Some of my top favorites have come in the past few years.
- Sold by Patricia McCormick
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
- Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri