About Me

For as long as I can remember, I have loved telling stories. I carried a pocket-size notepad everywhere to scribble ideas. When I was young, I co-wrote a play with friends so we could perform for the neighborhood kids and parents. When I was a little older, I wrote my autobiography and short stories. But it took many years (and a couple careers) before I pursued writing for children.

I grew up in California where I roamed the woods and hillsides looking for wildlife. One time, I found a wounded toad and took care of it until it could hop again. If there was a stray dog or cat in the neighborhood, I was quick to bring one home. 

When not writing, I’m spending time with family, enjoying nature, and volunteering. I currently volunteer for a pet loss grief support organization and SCBWI-Michigan as the Promotions Coordinator. With the kids grown, my husband and I are now raising fur kids, 4 mischievous cats.

A little bit more about me…

  • I’ve ridden an elephant. I was fascinated by the stiff bristles poking up from the tops of their heads.
  • My favorite book as a child was Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire.
  • A favorite memory is watching the whale migration off the Southern California Coast.
  • I’ve wandered the grounds of a 400-year-old Japanese garden in Tokyo.