about me


I was once a child myself, a long time ago! Now I write stories for children and sometimes draw the pictures, too. My stories grow from small kernels of truth that explore common themes: fairness, transitions and the complicated path to finding your own voice.

I have and MFA in Writing from the Whidbey Writers Workshop and live in Seattle, where I’m also on the board of the Civita Institute, a cultural exchange nonprofit which awarded me a fellowship to spend two months in 2012 in the ancient Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio, writing and creating a series of storytelling maps. I invite you to follow and comment on my blog where I offer book reviews, interviews with other authors, and general impressions on the world of writing for children and young adults as well as information about writing workshops. If you are interested in my writing workshops or one-on-one tutoring for teens, more information is available here.

I’m always happy to hear from my great readers, parents, and teachers. You can email me or use the form below. Please visit my page for Teachers for information on school visits or events. Thank you!