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 around to remembering what I really love… children’s books. Children are always on the cusp of becoming…becoming something new or becoming something one step closer to their true selves. I love reading children’s books written by other authors, and I love writing them myself.

These days, I’m concentrating on picture books, discovering the magic of telling a full story with just a few words, remembering to leave space for illustrations, and facing the constant challenge of finding power in the hands of a very young hero. I also have written a middle-grade mystery and have a second middle-grade novel in draft form. (Which draft? Don’t ask.)

I have published two nonfiction childrens books with Capstone Press—Hounds: Loyal Hunting Companions and For Life and Liberty: Causes and Effects of the Declaration of Independence. I am also the author of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Give and Receive Feedback, Self-Edit, and Make Revisions, from Writer’s Digest Books.

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.