About Me

In a nutshell-
Children’s author, dog lover, potato chip freak,
defender of all things unique and misunderstood.

In a conch shell-
I wish I could have met my now self when I was six. I would have saved a lot of time.

Back then I knew what I loved to do. And that was to play Barbies. Each morning I’d wake up, rush over to my plastic pink and yellow Barbie townhouse, and continue whatever saga I’d started the day before.

Most of my friends played Barbies, too, but their focus was usually on the clothes or grooming factor. Mine was on the story. I could have cared less what they wore (which probably accounts for the unique, bag-lady look I’ve perfected over the years). My spark came from creating the plot, imagining the setting, and bringing my dolls alive with what I considered riveting dialogue.

Of course, back then I didn’t know those terms. I was just doing what I loved to do. And except for occasionally stripping Barbie and Ken down to their skivvies and placing them on top of each other to see what happened, my focus remained on the story—start to finish.

Many years later, while at college, I felt lost. All my friends were pursuing their dreams. I didn’t know my dream. Business? Communication? What did they really mean? I was told to tap into my childhood passions. There I’d find my purpose. But when I tapped, I found Barbies. And as far as I could tell, there was no bachelorette degree in Barbie Doll science.

So I went into education. I’ve always loved kids, and it seemed a natural fit. Yet even on the best of days, something was always nagging at me, tapping on my shoulder. The need to create stories, to reach children on a level they could keep with them forever.

Now as a middle-aged woman, maybe even three-fifth aged woman, I am back to playing Barbies. Not the concrete dolls of my youth, but the imaginative characters, situations, and settings I’ve always loved.

Picture books to middle grade fiction.
Please join me on my journey.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 00:48:22

    I am so excited for you. Everyone should find and follow their passion like you are!


  2. Meagan
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 00:53:39

    I’m so happy you made it back to Barbies and storytelling! My Barbies would be so jealous of all your Barbies escapades. You are a fantastic story teller!


  3. Dee Dee
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 01:51:57

    Your writings turn dull days into golden sunshine!


  4. debbie duncan
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 00:08:35

    I wish you the best of luck! I just wish everyone could be your friend and see what a wonderful person you are. We miss you as an educator, but know you want to follow your dreams. We wish you the best of luck.


  5. colleenbennett
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 03:55:58

    Thanks, Deb! I’m always here for you, too.


  6. camaggio
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 19:13:45


    Good for you. I think you’ve found your dream job!


  7. Corrina
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 14:31:47

    Just love you. And the imagination and heart you have always possessed. Will follow you for always.


  8. Nancy Lopez
    Apr 18, 2015 @ 10:15:40

    Colleen ~ Just stopped by your blog. Thrilled to find out you write – and so beautifully! 🙂 I, too, have a passion that threatens to eat my brain – unless I get the words out of my head and on paper… (I know you were too young to remember me – just to refresh you, we were neighbors in O’side. Sending you my Aunt Pat Story – hope you enjoy. http://thewordswhisper.com/an-angel-armed-with-a-butterfly-and-pliers-saved-my-life/)


    • colleenbennett
      Apr 18, 2015 @ 14:28:28

      Hi, Nancy. Of course I remember you. You and your sisters fill my childhood mind–in wonderful ways! Great to connect again. Can’t wait to read your story. 🙂


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