Welcome! I’m a children’s book writer living in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains with my husband and our cat, Alice. (You can see photos of Alice scattered over my Facebook page–many more than you’ll see of my husband!) I can frequently be found in the passenger seat of our 1987 Vanagon, feet on the dash, coffee in hand, road-tripping with my husband on a visit to our son or on yet another search for the perfect campground.
While I’ve written for many years, I didn’t find my creative heart until I started concentrating on picture books. I am deeply in love with using a limited number of words to tell a full, layered story, figuring out where to leave room for illustrations, and facing the constant challenge of finding power in the hands of a very young hero. I have recently joined a critique group of amazing picture-book writers, and I see every one of my manuscripts getting stronger with their help.
I am hoping to find representation with an editorial agent who loves my work, but who has a firm belief that every manuscript can be made stronger. I’m in this for the long haul, and I’m looking for a partner to support and guide me as I build a writing and publishing career.
I have written two nonfiction books for children: Hounds: Loyal Hunting Companions and For Life and Liberty (Capstone Press). I am also the author of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide (Writer’s Digest Books).