I was born a yinzer in 1984, the oldest of three girls. Between the three of us and my mom, I’m not sure my dad ever got to use the bathroom. We even had a female cat and a guppy who ate her mate and her babies. Poor Dad.
My interest in writing began thanks to my mom who asked me to illustrate Blowing Kisses (my sister Katie later reworked the book) after we wrote it together. I wrote my first solo book at age 7. It was called Blue Streaks and it was based on a dream I had. Though I illustrated it myself, I have since left the artwork to my very talented sister Katie, who has illustrated some of my picture books. My youngest sister, Juliann, is brilliant. I’m certain she will change the world, no matter what her occupation. Maybe she’ll lend us some of her brilliance and collaborate on a book.
I wouldn’t be writing without my superhusband’s support. I met him at Saint Francis University while I was a resident assistant and he was a resident director (The equivalent of my boss! Gasp!). After I graduated with a degree in elementary and special education, I took a teaching job in North Carolina. My husband left his home in New York to follow me there and back to Pittsburgh, where, to my parent’s delight, we’ve put down roots. In just two years, we got married, bought a fixer-upper, and had Mister (which, by the way, is not his real name. My husband did suggest it when we were choosing names, though. He said with a name like Mister Arnstein, he’d always get respect. Instead we chose a more respectable name).
Now that’s the stuff back stories are made of. For more about me and links to my books, also visit www.betharnstein.com.