After college and graduate school, I became a fourth grade teacher. But
somewhere along the way I started writing children’s stories and sending them to
publishing companies. No one wanted to buy my stories, but I didn't give up.
Each week I would write a story and send it out. Each week the story came
back with “No, thank you.” written on the manuscript.
Then in 1978, I sold my first children’s book. That was one of the most
exciting days of my life. Soon I left teaching and became a full time writer.
In 1997 I started writing the A to Z Mysteries series. Now I am working on
Capital Mysteries. Millions of children are reading these books, which makes
me very happy. But I still remember the day I sold my first book.