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I've been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. I currently write nonfiction picture books and historical fiction. I love the research and finding hidden gems 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. My family and I recently moved to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, where I am astounded by the beauty every day.