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Hello

I'm a writer, a mom, a PhD, a storyteller. 

I have academic training as an archaeologist and a geographer.

When I need to rejuvenate my creativity, I turn to crochet and sewing.

I show up for social justice, social responsibility, sustainability, and women's rights.

     "Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

     Healthy, free, the world before me,

     The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose."

                                      -- Walt Whitman, "Song of the Open Road"

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Enjoy the Process

The first story I remember writing: when I was five or six years old I set up a desk in a closet, lugged over my mom's old Royal typewriter, and banged out an adaptation of the classic cat-sat-on-a-mat, adding a ghost and a cameo by Pug, of 1980s phonics reader fame.

2009 was the year I decided to get serious about a writing career. I had an idea for a rhyming picture book that had an underlying educational theme, spatial cognition. It was so much fun to write, and it was the first fiction story with a beginning, middle, end, and a point, that I had written in a very long time. Something clicked. Four months later I joined SCBWI, the professional society for children's book writers and illustrators, and began to learn the craft and the industry. I finally knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life: write stories.

In 2019 I revisited a long-held desire to write screenplays. I began to learn craft and build community. In 2020, it became even more important to focus on a new learning curve, a new challenge, a new way of storytelling. The joy of losing myself in my writing inspired the motto, "enjoy the process;" a motto I recommend to all writers. 

I live in Santa Barbara, where the west coast faces south, with my husband, two kids, and sometimes a dog (we pet-sit and dog foster). My favorite down-time is a book and the backyard hammock.

Awards

  • Bank Street College Best Book of the Year 2019, for Camilla, Cartographer

  • Honorable mention, 2017 Purple Dragonfly Awards for Mapping My Day

  • Winner, 2012 Highlights for Children Fiction Contest, with"Bear and Max"(Highlights, August 2013)