《声音》 VOICES Ivy's VOICES Fall/Winter Edition 2018 - Page 11

UP CLOSE Can you share a little bit about your background? I grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in a very small town. I had a very difficult childhood. I never seemed to fit in. As much as I wanted to fit in I knew I wanted to be my own unique self. travel passes at United. That later led to getting cards and then a book deal. What inspired you to begin writing children’s books? The need to help kids that struggled like I did. Was school initially a little difficult for you? How do you come up with the topics? Yes, school was always difficult for me. I had Dyslexia, it made learning very difficult, especially since it was never diagnosed. I was held back in second grade due to my reading level. Plus, I was always trying to be like everyone else. It wasn’t until high school that I found enough confidence to start enjoying school. Most of them stem from things I dealt with when I was younger. Then realizing that I had a unique way of expressing a lot of positive feeling through my art. How did you overcome your challenges? Determination, my grandmother, father and a lot of denial. In the early days, you were a flight attendant. How did you transition from that to become a children’s book author? I started painting again with that job. I later decided to put my art on products such as t-shirts, and other clothing. I would attend trade shows since I had free 9