I’ve always written, but it was a while before I started taking myself, and my writing, seriously. After playing around with writing for grown-ups, I came back to the books I have always loved–stories for young people. I worked on middle-grade fiction for several years (the first book I ever finished was a middle-grade mystery set in Santa Cruz, California, with stops at the beach, the skateboard park, and the Mystery Spot.) I’ve also written three nonfiction books–The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide for Writer’s Digest Books and Hounds: Loyal Hunting Companions and For Life and Liberty for Capstone Press.

These days, I’m concentrating on picture books, and I have fallen in love with telling a full story with just a few words, figuring out where to leave space 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 live in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains with my husband and cat, Alice (photos of whom are scattered over my Facebook page). I can frequently be seen in the passenger seat of our 1987 Vanagon, feet up, coffee in hand, road-tripping with my husband on a visit to our son or on yet another search for the perfect campground.

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I’m on social media at Facebook (a lot) & Twitter (a bit less).
And I blog every now and then at KidLit Craft.


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