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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

May we, the people of Earth, come together and find ways to live sustainably, in peace, health and harmony.

Creek in the redwoods near my home.

Thank you, Susan Bennett and HSU Staff for inviting me to be a Guest Lecturer!

Magazine Article
Boulder Home & Garden Magazine, September 2013
A humorous picture book about a spoiled princess that gets more than she bargained for.
Young adult fantasy about a young woman who must find her Talent or lose social status.
A short picture book that promotes tolerance while teaching shapes and colors.
Middle-grade fantasy adventure about a young woman who is forced to choose between her one chance to go home or to save a rather annoying alien boy.