My name is Lori Galaske, and I confess, I'm a kidlit lover. I'm also the mother of two, grandmother of three (so far), and the surrogate mother of some 100 or so teens. In addition to my day job, family, friends, book club, and volunteer work, I love to read and to write for children and teens. My short stories and articles have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. My first picture book, The Alphabet Forest, is awaiting publication with Guardian Angel Publishing (St. Louis, MO), and I'm currently in the process of finding a publisher for my second picture book, The Fearless Captain J as well as for my first novel, a middle-grade fantasy, while working on my first young adult novel - a story about loss and finding oneself in the aftermath.