Irene is the middle child and first daughter of five kids.
Irene has lived all sorts of places and traveled worldwide. Since 1984 she has called Birmingham, Alabama, home.
She thinks growing up with three brothers was great preparation for raising her three sons. She also thinks getting a sister was one of the best things that has ever happened to her.
(To read more about Irene's sister, click here.)
Irene is proud to be the only leftie in her family of origin AND in her current family.
According to Irene's Dr. Seuss' MY BOOK ABOUT ME, she has wanted to be writer since she was eight years old.
She also wanted to train a horse that her sister would ride to victory in the Kentucky Derby. That hasn't happened. Yet.
Irene didn't take a single writing course in college.
In 2000 Irene pulled her poems and stories out of drawers and began to pursue publication of her work. In the words of George Eliot, "It is never too late to be what you might have been."
Irene's favorite characters in book and real life are those who go their own way.
Irene is especially excited about bringing her poetry to the children's market, as her first literary love was Shel Silverstein, whose work was introduced to her by her father.
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