As a young girl, I loved tales of magic and adventure. When I began writing, I naturally gravitated to these types of stories as well. Dragons are a common theme to many of my books, and I have a particular fondness for drawing them. At times, I have even been sighted at local schools in shimmery scales, swishing a very long tail.
Born in Pennsylvania, I have lived in the western United States since I was ten. I grew up loving the outdoors, especially the wide open spaces out West. I love to hike, canoe, and camp as well as learn about the ecology of the natural world and work on issues which threaten our planet, especially climate change. For many years, I worked with young people in the outdoors, teaching environmental education to elementary age children and building mountain trails with high school students.
When I was ten, I learned to drive on the dry lakes in the desert of the Mojave. As an adult, I drove professionally as a bus driver, eventually landing in Northern Nevada by driving for Greyhound for a few years. Back then, I loved to travel... backpacking through Europe on my own. Now, however, I am more content to stay home, sharing the imaginary adventures of the characters that I write about. I currently live in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2009-2010, I spent a year doing national service as a VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America), developing content for a website that promotes volunteering throughout Nevada. This led me to take classes that enabled me to produce my first ebook, Simmie... With Secrets, which I have made available to share digitally as a gift to all children. Serving others is such a rewarding experience, and my life has always been focused on improving the world, so I endeavor, as I write, to create stories that promote a greater good while still maintaining a high level of interest for children.