When April read the novel Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh as an elementary school student, she felt such a strong kinship to the book’s main character that she decided she wanted to become a writer.

By age 10 April was writing short stories for her friends, by age 12 she was keeping a personal diary, and by the time she was a senior in high school she had become editor of her high school newspaper. But her intentions to become a journalist were derailed when she felt the calling to become a schoolteacher.

Many years later she has retired from teaching high school English and science and running alternative school programs and now lives her dream of writing from her home in East Texas where she resides with her husband Jimmy and Boston terrier Stella. April also enjoys traveling, glamping in her vintage Scotsman camper, shopping at thrift stores, and spending time with her three grandchildren.