Birthplace: Two Rivers, Wisconsin, USA
Abigail began writing free verse poetry at the age of seven. Her first poem, “Spring” was published in the local newspaper, shortly followed by her second poem, “Stars”. It was her second grade teacher, Teri, that encouraged her from the very beginning and was the first to submit her pieces for publishing.
Abigail continued to write through grade school and middle school, often getting out of English class to write poetry in the school library with her “literary partner in crime”, Nicole.
First Published Free Verse Poetry Books
In 2005, at the age of twenty, Abigail’s first book, Love Is An Orchid was published by Star Image Studio and her second book, Deep Within Creative Minds was published only the following year. Both books are compilations of 14 years of poetry.
With the passing years, marriage, and all the adventures that go with it, Abigail continues to write, although not as frequently or as intensely as in her teen years. In 2011, she published her third collection of poems, Out of Reach – A Poet in Permafrost. She created a blog for young poets, one to help kids write and one about her experiences abroad.
In January 2014, Abigail began writing her first short story that grew into a novella, Madrid Metro. It is now published and available here. She is currently working on the second novella in the series.
Along with her parents and Anna Marie Fritz, her close friend and writing mentor, Abigail claims Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley, Emily Dickinson, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns and Elizabeth Barrett Browning to be among her biggest writing influences.
A huge fan of the classics, her “read that, loved it” list includes several stories by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins and many more.
Having received so much encouragement to write as a child, Abigail offers visits to schools to speak with students about using writing to express themselves as an alternative to violence and other harmful behavior.