I grew up in Northern California in a house devoted to crafts. We tried them all: wax, resin, mosaics, macrame, linoleum blocks, and more. My mother even let me use her oil paints—if I was VERY careful. There weren't many children's books at home, but we visited the local library often, especially in the summer. In second grade, I began crafting my own books. I've always loved animals, so, of course, that is what I wrote about. I still do. I also write about curious and courageous people who have done remarkable things.
I now live in Idaho near the Boise River with my husband, four box turtles, and a geriatric newt. I continue to love making books about the things that interest me—things like shy yeti’s, kid inventors, ice-fishing otters, and other neat stuff to do with nature and history. I have three grown boys, collect marbles and old ink bottles, and still mess around with crafts and oil paints. Sometimes I even make felted versions of the characters in my books. It beats doing the laundry.