When I was a kid and I had to answer, “What do you like to do?” or “What are your hobbies?”, I always answered with the same three things: reading, writing, and drawing.

Drawing didn’t work out for me. Fun hobby, but that is not where my talents lie. Just ask my former students. Any time I had to draw something for science or social studies, some middle school kid would groan and say “Here comes Mrs. Krosschell’s drawings…” Then we would all have a good laugh- at my expense!

However, to this day, if you ask me the same question, reading and writing are still at the top of my list. I was the kid that would sit inside for endless hours, reading book after book. You could also find me hunkered down at my desk with my Lisa Frank notebook (all the feels if you are an 80’s or 90’s kid), writing story after story. After being chosen to go to the Young Author’s Fair in second grade with my very cheesy, rhyming Halloween story, and listening to authors tell me that I too could be an author...it was a done deal. My love of writing was anchored in place at the ripe old age of seven years old.

Me holding my Young Author's Fair story,  My Haunted House

Me holding my Young Author's Fair story, My Haunted House

Watching as a REAL LIVE AUTHOR signed the book I was buying. Swoon. I now wanted to be an author.

Watching as a REAL LIVE AUTHOR signed the book I was buying. Swoon. I now wanted to be an author.

This passion carried through into middle school, winning me the summer library story contest for Softball Magic or furnishing the poem in my mom’s homemade Mother’s Day card that made her smile. The older I got, the less free time I had to write. However, as time passed, I also started to read other people’s writing. I discovered that I really enjoy interacting with other people’s work, just as much as writing itself! I love digging into someone else’s writing, and offering up my suggestions and insights.

A hobby of mine is staying connected with my "writer friends." You know who I'm talking about. We all have friends, and then we have "writer friends." Those that also share the love of putting words to paper and making a difference with our words.

Up until this point, I have been an elementary and middle school teacher, with my love for teaching really being the strongest when I am teaching middle school English. (Young fresh minds! Empty notebooks! Wild imaginations! It was awesome.) However, I am taking a break from teaching to stay home with my youngest of three kids, and to break into this new writing adventure. I would love to help you work through your story writing process, revise your story to make it stronger, or give you the edits that you need on your finished draft so that it is ready to hit the reading world!

Aside from having a minor in language arts to accompany my B.S. in education from UW-Eau Claire, I have stayed active in the writing world. I read blog posts about craft, take classes online, participate in writing communities, and attend writing workshops and residencies. Recent writing events that I have participated in include:

- The 2014 MN Writing Workshop...an amazing gathering of writers and editors!

"Starting Your YA Novel", an online course through the Loft in Minneapolis, MN (2016)

Nickolas Butler’s “The Theory and Craft of Fiction” writing residency at Cirenaica in June 2017. This last event was sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.

Sharing my work at Cirenaica...

Sharing my work at Cirenaica...

My first public reading of the novel that I am working on!  ( Photos courtesy of Justin Patchin Photography.)

My first public reading of the novel that I am working on!

(Photos courtesy of Justin Patchin Photography.)

With the rest of my life? I live with my husband, three kids, and a dog in Minnesota. I enjoy spending time outdoors, boating, walking, yoga, and chasing my three kids to their wide array of activities. My favorite writing snack is Dr. Pepper and dark chocolate covered Himalayan salted almonds. (Mmmm…) Some of my all time favorite books are Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Harry Potter (all of them!) by J.K. Rowling, and Wonder by R.J. Palacio. My dream is to traditionally publish a novel, and I am currently working on a young adult novel. 

Happy writing! :)