I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in southern CA where I grew up body surfing in the ocean. My father often took the family backpacking into the Sierra Nevada mountains, teaching me to love wilderness. I was also given the opportunity to live with families from other countries. When I was thirteen, I lived in Mexico City with the Noriegas and ate pan dulce for breakfast. At fourteen, I spent a summer in Epping, England, with my friend's grandparents, and ate kippers for breakfast. In High School, I was an exchange student to Switzerland where I ate yogurt for breakfast.
After High School, I attended Colorado University at Boulder (rock climbing was my favorite class) and then graduated from UC Santa Cruz and later obtained a multiple subject teaching credential. I have worked as a nurse, an elementary school teacher, giving piano lessons and, briefly (I lasted two days), as a tree planter.
Currently I live in the redwoods of northern California with my husband, Steve, and dog, Mali. I have two daughters, both born on July 25th, five years apart! I love to hike, meditate next to redwood trees, swim in clear emerald pools, play piano, read, be with my family and, of course, write.
Favorite Authors: Isabelle Allende, Madeleine L'Engle, Ursula K. Le Guin, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin Hobb, J.K. Rowling, Edith Wharton, Rebecca West, Jane Austen, Chagdud Tulku, and the Dali Lama.
Favorite Music/Musicians: Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Scarlatti, George Winston, Jordi Savall, The Beatles, and, sometimes, show tunes!
Favorite Artists: Monet, Van Gogh, Michael Chesworth
Member: SCBWI, Author's Guild, Arbor Day Foundation, Archangel Ancient Tree Archives
Thank you, Susan Bennett and HSU Staff for inviting me to be a Guest Lecturer!