We understand our world through myths and stories. I understand our world by writing them.
When I was 7, my teacher sent my poem “Red” to The Record Searchlight. From then on, I thought of myself as a published writer. At UCLA, I studied literature about fascinating people and times, finding true stories even more captivating than fiction. As a teacher in Manhattan Beach, I taught Writer’s Workshop to my second graders and learned to love the process of writing, editing, and producing a finished book. Reading to my own two sons as they grew up, I fell in love with multicultural children’s literature.
Later, I became a journalist, writing many stories about cool people doing interesting things and making the world a better place. I wrote some books. I began to blog on my favorite topic: how to live a happy and healthy life mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I wanted to use my words to inspire people. You can read that blog here: www.getstrongblog.com.
Currently, I have two writing projects in the hopper: one, a young adult contemporary novel called First Break, and the other is a docuseries called A Crazy Thought. As a youth mental health advocate, my goal is to take these stories to schools and universities to give young people and their caretakers hope and help. My vision is that all young people will receive the mental health help they need when they need it.