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.