I grew up in a small town in rural northern Wisconsin. When I was a kid, I loved books and animals. Not much has changed!
I graduated from college with a degree in Applied Mathematics and became a software engineer. I always loved writing, though, and when I had children of my own I was reminded how much I love children’s books. It was time for a career change!
I now write for children and young adults to help my readers—and myself—make better sense of the world we live in so we can contribute to making it a better place. I strive to write nonfiction that gives wings to active imaginations and fiction that taps into our universal human truths. I believe that each of us is capable of doing amazing things once we discover our passion, talent, and purpose. Reading is a great place to start!
My books are represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, and my articles have appeared in Odyssey, Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, and ParentMap magazines.
I live near Seattle, Washington, and have been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2005, was co-regional advisor for the SCBWI Western Washington region from 2009–2011, and served on the advisory committee for 12 years.
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