Things You Might Want to Know about Claudia…
I grew up in Kansas, Virginia, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
I’ve lived the last thirty years in Baltimore, Maryland.
My husband and I have a son and a daughter, both grown.
We have two miniature dachshunds, both small.
In Case You Also Wanted to Know…
Every job I’ve ever had has been with kids-lucky me! I’ve been a tennis pro, a school counselor, a therapist, and for twenty years I taught elementary school. I especially loved teaching first graders to read and write.
Now, when I’m not writing mostly true stories for children (my dream job), I’m walking my bossy dogs (Camden Yards and Wrigley Field), baking apple pies, or having dog washing/book reading parties with my friends.
From Bus to Bike
Leaving my school life to become a full-time writer was like getting off a bus and getting on a bike. At first it was awfully lonely! There was no one driving me to my next book. No one shared my seat or rode the same bus on my journey as an author. It’s up to me to choose the right path to find my stories. And while I’m writing alone, I’m never really ‘riding’ alone.
Here are the people who help me when my gears are stuck—they keep me pedaling on my way as a storyteller. I’d give anything to take a bike trip with all of them!