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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became nomadic, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

Writing Life

Why did you decide to become an author?

I’ve always written, since I started my first novel in the fourth grade. I made it to page 70 on my wide-ruled spiral notebook before I stopped. I continued to write in high school and attempted several novels in my twenties before life got in the way of writing. I rediscovered my love of writing when I started my blog There’s Always Room for One More. In the fall of 2009, I realized I wasn’t getting any younger and it was now or never, so I participated in NaNoWriMo. I was off and running! 

Family Life

Six kids!?!?! Wow! Did you give birth to all of them?

No, three of my children are adopted– two from China and one from Vietnam — though I tend to forget who’s bio and who’s adopted. I’m a single mom after my husband died as the result of burn injuries after a single-engine plane crash. My oldest three–Trace, Ross, and Julia–are now adults. Jenna is getting ready to head off to college, and my two youngest–Ryan and Emma–are in high school and middle school. I love my kids and we hang out often, especially on Sunday afternoons. 

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