Walker Books for Children
Boyds Mills Press
Peter Pauper Press
I grew up in Northern California in a house devoted to crafts. We tried them all: wax, resin, and mosaics, macrame and linoleum blocks. My mother even let me paint with her oils--if I was VERY careful. I don't remember ever deciding to become an artist. It was just what I loved to do from the time I first held a pencil.
There weren't many children's books at home, but we visited the local library often, epecially 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 Southern California. In addition to writing and illustrating books for young people, I paint custom murals. Other interests include gardening, hiking, playing the hammered dulcimer, and tending my small herd of turtles. (I think some of them aspire to write, too!)
I'm a long-standing member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and am currently serving as the regional advisor for the Central-Coastal California region. I'm also a founding member of the Children's Author's Network! (CAN!), and belong to the California Reading Association.