About Me

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This is me when I was a kid. The cute guy looking at his toes is my brother. Man, the stuff we used to get up to.

Back then I lived in South Africa. We rode elephants to school and had to avoid the lions lurking in the long grass.


Okay, not really.  We lived in a city called Johannesburg and the only wild animals we ran into were pigeons and super-ginormous crickets – we called them Devil crickets.

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Now I live in New Jersey with my husband and sons. As you can see, I’m all grown up, but, sometimes I still feel like that girl from South Africa. That’s probably why I like to write children’s books. When I was a kid, I loved reading scary stories, and funny stories, and who-dunnit stories. These are the kinds of stories I write.

Some days writing is hard – it doesn’t come out quite right. Then there are the days when it flows – poetry in motion.

I write because if I don’t, the ideas and characters in my head get loud. I probably sound a little nutty, but I think a little nutty is a good thing.

I write because it makes me happy. The more I write, the happier I am. And the more I write the better my writing gets. It’s a win-win.

So that’s me in a nutshell.

If you’d like to tell me a little about yourself, about the books you love to read or the things you love to write about, then send me an email at angeladegrootbooks@gmail.com or click on the Contact page. I’d love to hear from you.