Nancy wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, Shaggy, the Dog, at age six. She carefully put it in her Radio Flyer wagon, went on her first book tour, and made sure every neighbor bought a copy for the bargain price of ten cents. Nancy then decided to quit while she was rich, and did not return to serious writing for thirty years.
A graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education, Nancy has been a teacher, a counselor in an after school program, and a fitness instructor. When the youngest of her four children ran off to preschool, she began writing again. Her articles, stories, and poems appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Ladybug, Babybug, Family Circle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and many magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Nancy’s first book, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head (middle-grade novel for ages 8-12), was published in 2008 and three picture books followed: Storm Song, Look What I Can Do! and City Street Beat. Her latest book, Just One Thing! (middle-grade), was released in September of 2016.
Nancy loves to present writing workshops and assemblies, in-person and via Skype, to elementary school children. With every funny, energetic presentation, she educates kids about the writing process and shares her journey to publication. She confesses to being a kid at heart, and easily relates to students of all ages.
She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the KidLit Authors Club, a group she founded that consists of children’s book authors who band together to get the word out about their books, and sign and present together at bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences. She is also part of an organization called Young Writers’ Day. This organization sponsors authors, illustrators, playwrights, storytellers, and song writers who teach writing workshops to elementary school students in suburban Philadelphia classrooms.
Nancy lives in the southeastern part of New Jersey where cows and horses still outnumber the new houses. Aside from the young readers and terrific teachers she meets, she finds inspiration in nature, travel, and her job as a librarian assistant.