Cathy Tucker "I spent almost four decades studying, instructing, counseling and observing adolescents in the Midwest. As a teacher I evaluated tens of thousands of writings and led thousands of discussions and analyses on literature and film. As a mom, I’ve garnered great sympathy and empathy for the struggles and joys of being a teen. As a volunteer and activist, I’ve learned what moves people to action and what taps their generous spirit.
All of my life experiences have provided a wealth of story ideas, both in book and in script form. My writing partner and I bring these decades of experiences into our works. Our teenage characters act as the real heroes, often testing but ultimately teaching their elders lessons about life. Our adults are people with flaws who survive their tests of courage and lead others to do the same.
My goal as a writer is to provide first, entertainment to my readers. Just as important, though, I want to provide character models to readers who will see them as inspirations on how they can make a difference. Patty and I hope you will find our writings do just that!!
Patty Hoppe For the last forty-three years, I've divided my life between my family and my teaching career. As a mother of four boys, I spent hours at ice rinks, soccer fields, and swimming pools. I now have three adult sons working at various jobs in the medical field and one in the marketing department of a national sports equipment company.
As an English teacher, I spent my days with juniors and seniors in East Lansing, Michigan. No day was the same as the one before as teens provide a variety of life lessons: especially a willingness for the teacher to learn from her students and a daily lesson on the importance of a sense of humor.
My writing partner and fellow English teacher and I share a love of mystery and young adult literature. Cathy and I are inspired on a daily basis by our students and by our voracious appetite for any story or film with a mystery to be solved. While forensic science makes it more difficult for the criminal, it does open new avenues for the writer.
Our characters have become real people to us: full of flaws, dreams, and, of course, a problem or obstacles facing them. We hope you enjoy meeting them as much as we enjoyed creating them.
Bonnie McGraw I hold degrees in technology and liberal arts. I've worked in education at both the college and high school level for more than 20 years. I'm excited about working with Cathy and Patty at Write Off the Book Shelf. They are excellent teachers and writers, and I'm sure you will all enjoy their work!
Amanda Davis I'm a full-time student in industrial design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I'm also learning and working some in the fields of graphic design, cartooning, and illustration. I was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, and had Ms. Hoppe as my Expository Writing teacher.