My name is Rondi Sokoloff Frieder (yes, Rondi is my real name and is not short for anything) and I am a writer of children’s books, a teacher, and a musician. Some interesting things you may want to know about me are: I always remember my dreams and the names of everyone I meet, I have amazing coincidences happen to me all the time, and I love to talk, talk, talk. For most of my life, I have told stories, kept journals, written songs, and made scrapbooks. Currently, I spend most of my creative energy writing middle grade fiction, both contemporary and historical. I meet with my SCBWI Writing Group,“The Story Spinners,” once a month, contribute to our group blog: www.inthewritersweb.com, host a writing day every week at my house with my amazing NaNoWriMo group, and attend writing conferences, webinars, and workshops whenever I can. Besides reading and writing as much as possible, I have found that focusing on the “4 P’s” is the key to becoming a great writer. Writers must: practice (keep at it), persevere (never give up), have lots of patience (getting published can take a very long time) and enjoy the process (all of the above) along the way .
A few more autobiographical tidbits: I grew up on Long Island (NY), went to Cornell University in gorges Ithaca, NY, attended the University of Michigan for graduate school, and landed my first teaching job in Brookline, MA. Although I loved living in Boston, the skier in me longed for higher mountains and deeper powder. With the gentle nudging of a childhood friend, I moved to Colorful Colorado and have never looked back. I live right outside of Denver and have been teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade for many years. I am married to the newly retired, David Frieder, have two fascinating grown sons, Max and Noah, (check out Max’s website at www.artolution.org) and spend a great deal of time with my affectionate golden retriever, Berni. I also travel way more than I want to (have been to 48 states), play the flute and guitar, sing all the time, am obsessed with pop music and seem to be a magnet for little kids. I have been gluten-free for sixteen years (way before the craze), sing in a choir, and walk at least five miles a day. Oh, and I see words…I must be wired to be a writer!