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I'm a mom of three, grandma of three, wife, music teacher, drama teacher, art teacher, math, English, science and history for K-12. I also taught as an Adjunct Professor in a Psychology Masters Program. 

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I fell in love with picture books when I read my first Beatrix Potter story. I have been telling stories and creating books ever since.


I was about 8 when I started writing, illustrating and binding my own books. I'd arrange our garage into a classroom and teach the neighborhood kids using my home made books.


 No surprise I grew up to be a  K-12 teacher for 25 years. No surprise that writing and illustrating picture books are my dream and passion. No surprise that other than college books and personal development books, most of the books I own are picture books with some MG sprinkled in.


 Here I'm with my two daughters and grand baby. I love research, so no surprise that I am drawn to Creative Non-Fiction. I do enjoy fiction as well. Bottom line. I believe that children deserve the most incredible literature we can create. That is my vision.


Some of my favorite activities are playing the drums, bass guitar, banjo, and piano. I love to play and watch sports, especially basketball. 

Research & Writing


Art Education

Creative Nonfiction Picture Books

Obviously I love research 

Fielding Graduate University

Media Psychology, MS

Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design

Fine Art & Interior Architecture

Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels

Several ideas in the oven here, too

Full Sail University

Creative Writing, MFA

Children's Book Academy

Craft & Business of Illustrating Kids Books


No surprise this is one of my fav areas

University of California, Davis

Sociology, BA

O C Art Studios

Drawing for Animators and Illustrators

Digital and Media Literacy

I'm a teacher, so of course this is top of mind


SCBWI OMA Award 2022

Out from the Margins Award

Articles and Interviews
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