I happily live in the Pacific Northwest. I love the surrounding beauty and climate. I also love the interaction with wonderful authors, illustrators and craftspeople who live here, too.

At some point, about a dozen years ago, I realized what I should have known from the start. I love to write as much as I love to create art.

I began making up stories for my younger brothers and sisters before I could read. I’d pull a book off the shelf, any book, and make up a story. My siblings, not being idiots, suspected the ruse right away—they would keep interrupting with “What if?” and “Why not?” and “Make the talking mouse a dog.”—suggestions.

I am the eldest of ten, which is a wonderful, hectic, love-hate, messy, smelly but beautiful way to grow up. When I became a mother, however, I wisely limited myself to three. I now have four pretty wonderful grandchildren who regularly advise on alternative endings and different characters. Where have I heard that before?

I have three Middle Grade novels published and two YA novels in progress. My MG book, Almost Magic, for Spencer Hill is one of my favorites.

Over my career I’ve written and illustrated five children’s books for Simon & Schuster, a couple of children’s Bible books for David C. Cook, and a handful of other children’s books. I have also worked as an illustrator and page designer for educational publishers including Incentive Publications and World Book, Inc., illustrating over 200 titles for them.

I write and illustrate for fun. Selling books to publishers is also fun. Deadlines are less fun, but all procrastinators (like me) need an inflexible end date even for this blog post!

Thanks for spending time with me. Hope you enjoy my work!