Come and see.

A book is a lovely invitation to travel down a path toward something unknown. As a storyteller, I like to follow that path back into history, where I can discover previously untold stories full of excitement and warmth about familiar people or times. I especially enjoy when there’s an animal somewhere in the mix. I also love to follow where my own imagination leads–into Victorian houses full of mischievous kittens, aboard pirate ships on the stormy sea, into the wind, or…. Come with me and see.

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I grew up in the Los Angeles area attending both UCLA (B.A., English Literature) and USC (J.D.). I have been an appellate lawyer with many published victories and a middle school language arts teacher with hundreds of beloved students. In July 2012, I received my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

While at VCFA, I completed a Picture Book Intensive semester led by Julie Larios, and worked closely with advisors Susan Fletcher, Franny Billingsley, Shelley Tanaka, and Mary Quattlebaum. I wrote my critical thesis on  “Musicality in Picture Books,” exploring how a picture book text could add an underlying layer of content, a musical score really, using rhythm, rhyme, onomatopoeia, consonance, assonance, and the actual sounds of the words selected.  My creative thesis spilled over with picture books, including my non-fiction picture book, Abe’s Honey, which was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize, Hunger Mountain.

I love to write both lyrical and non-fiction picture books. I also write inspirational content at Quotable Creek  and volunteer for ServiceSpace as a writer/editor for Daily Good and the parenting resource, Kindful Kids.

I live in the Los Angeles area with my husband, Todd, and our dog, Honey.