I moved around a lot as a kid, which meant I had to make new friends a lot. But I was a shy kid, so making friends wasn't easy for me. Thankfully, at that time of my life, books became my friends.
No matter where we moved, a public library was usually close by. And I would spend hours there, searching out the armful of books I would take home to read that week. I was an only child, but when I had a book in my hand, I was never lonely.
I find this to be a common experience among writers, many of whom, like me, felt "different," or that they never quite fit in. Books helped me get through these times, as the stories I read were often about characters just like me -- or about characters I wished I could have been.
When this page is finished, there'll be lots to do here -- about writing stories, about some cool things in history, and, of course, about trains. I hope you check back often.
Most people are familiar with The Purple Heart, but few people know how this beloved military award came about. THE MEDAL WITH A HEART tells this story and, though aimed at children, it is a story for all ages.