The "Queen of Clubs" in the "Deck of Cards" costume I created one Halloween. I entered a costume contest and won a stuffed, green alligator!
I was born in Madison, Wisconsin, where my parents met during graduate school. I grew up on the East Coast. I
attended Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law in Washington, DC and Chicago, Illinois. In 2007, my family
moved to the Pacific Northwest where we now live with the sweetest dog.
Writing has always been a passion. I've been writing stories for years and publishing my writing was
my greatest dream. I was most influenced to write by my mother.
I love writing stories for children. BEFORE YOU WERE HERE, MI AMOR
(Viking, 2009) was inspired by the birth of
my sister's first child. THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED
(Charlesbridge, 2011) popped into my head
while I was cooking.
I was inspired to write ALPHABET TRUCKS (Charlesbridge, 2013)
, after watching a zipper truck along a
highway. ALPHABET TRAINS (Charlesbridge, 2015)
and ALPHABET BOATS
companion books in the alphabet transportation series.
Six favorites (there are many more) include "Watership Down" by Richard Adams, "Lonesome Dove" by
Larry McMurtry, "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay, "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole, "The Bear Went Over the
Mountain" by William Kotzwinkle, and "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger.
Some children's favorites include "Dinner at the Panda Palace" by Stephanie Calmenson, "One Hungry Monster" by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe,
"Agent A to Agent Z" by Andy Rash, "Brave Irene" by William Steig, "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
"The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman, "Okay for Now" by Gary D. Schmidt, and the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling.
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