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 famous, and did not return to serious writing for thirty-five 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, manager of a health club, and a fitness instructor. When the youngest of her four children ran off to preschool, she began writing again. Her articles, stories, and poems have 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 title, Just One Thing! (middle grade), was released in September of 2016. Future books include: Beauty and Bernice (middle grade, 2018), Something Is Bugging Samantha Hansen (middle grade, 2019), First Snow (picture book, 2018), and Pruitt and Soo (picture book, 2019).
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. Finally, as a member of the Rutgers University Council of Children Literature, Nancy helps with the Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference, and encourages aspiring authors to pursue their dreams.
Nancy splits her time between the New Jersey countryside, where cows and horses still outnumber the new houses, and the seashore, where she works as an assistant librarian. Aside from the young readers and terrific teachers she meets, she’s inspired by nature, travel, and her adventurous family.