Behind the Author
I've always loved writing. Ever since I was a little girl, I've written stories, and poetry, and kept a journal. I still remember my first story about a young flower and life in the garden with her family. I was seven.
Throughout high school and college, I excelled at writing and thoroughly enjoyed it. As an elementary and middle school teacher, for more than 2o years, I have loved guiding and encouraging my students to express themselves through writing. During those years, I wrote in private, keeping my hopes and dreams to myself.
It happened one day, a couple of years ago when I could no longer ignore my passion. The once little voice inside of me whispering, reminding me of my passion, grew louder and insisted I follow my dream. My dream of writing for others, encouraging and inspiring is finally a reality.
My first published book was inspired by Faith, my daughter. Have a Little Faith is a children’s book about a young girl with Down syndrome who lives her life enjoying many of the things that all other children enjoy doing. The book is open about the challenges she faces and ensures readers that beyond these day-to-day obstacles she is just like anyone else.
My second book, adult non-fiction, Raising Faith: The Ups and Downs of Raising a Child with Down Syndrome released September 2022, provides support and encouragement for parents, family members, teachers, and anyone who loves a child with Down Syndrome.
Currently, I'm writing my third book, The Red Quarters, which is inspired by my father, who has continued to guide me even after his passing.
I also have two blogs and recently started a podcast entitled "Jersey Gina's Gift of Gab".
It’s incredibly hard work, but I am happy to sit down with my journal or my computer and finally feel free to share my words with the world.