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I've been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. I currently write picture book biographies. I love the research and finding hidden gems about a person's life that will appeal to young readers.


I received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a masters degree in writing for children from Hamline University. I studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and I've taught art appreciation at local schools. I live on the wet and windy Oregon coast with my family. I also spend creative time in a log house in central Oregon.