Although Vivian Kirkfield is not a fan of heights, she is constantly taking leaps of faith. In 2010, she wrote an award-winning parent-teacher resource book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. On her 65th birthday, she went skydiving with her son, jumping out of a perfectly good plane, which caused her husband to question her sanity. And when a fellow author and blogging buddy invited her to fly half-way around the globe to speak at the 2013 AFCC/SCBWI conference in Singapore, she couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Vivian is a proud member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators, an active participant in an insane number of critique groups, is up for just about every picture book writing challenge, and considers playing an epic game of Monopoly with her seven-year old grandson to be one of the best ways to spend the day.
Vivian currently lives in the idyllic New England village of Amherst, New Hampshire with her husband. Having driven cross country twice, she appreciates the beauty of America, but is hoping to take her first trip to Europe in 2017. As a former kindergarten and Head Start teacher with a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Vivian is passionate about helping kids become lovers of books and reading and is hoping to write stories that will have kids asking their parents, “Read this one again, please!”