after school. “We’d go home and Mom would heat up some hot chocolate on the
stove while my sister and I played…At that moment, life was perfect,” she says.
Memories play an important role in Mortensen’s stories. “That’s one of the
things I love about writing. Although I’m writing for young readers today, I’m
drawing from the memories, joys and insecurities I had while I was growing up.
Growing up is universal, so no matter what our age, it’s something each of us