I became a teacher in part because I never outgrew the awesome books in the juvenile genre. When my kids were born, I stopped teaching and tried my hand at a children's novel. I was hooked! When I'm not homeschooling, writing, chauffeuring children, blogging or reading, I like to garden and take road trips with my family (not necessarily at the same time).
So what do I write? Adventure - I won't read a story that doesn't transport me to a new, exciting world. I won't write one, either. Innocence - My target audiences range from 9 to 15. Kids. I'll never market profanity or controversy to them. Instead, I rely on solid, old-fashioned story-telling. Substance - I prefer stories with some depth to them. A hero who grows and learns and changes can influence a reader to do the same. Layers of meaning will push readers into new areas of thinking.
Though I write material appropriate for younger readers, many a grown-up has applauded my work and asked, "Why is this just for kids?"
*I like to make a variety of resources available to compliment my books in the classroom. Please visit www.michelleisenhoff.com for downloadable materials.