My Story

As soon as I could talk, I began telling stories. I "wrote" my first story at age 2, dictating it to my mom, complete with a (pretty exciting!) plot line. These days, I aim to spark little imaginations with a sense of wonder and delight through picture books and middle grade novels.

 

After studying Creative Writing and Political Science at The University of Minnesota, I logically chose beluga whales as coworkers and became a professional synchronized swimmer. I performed for 10 years in cirque shows—Le Reve at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas and Azul at SeaWorld in San Antonio—and worked as a mermaid-for-hire.

From there, I began a new sort of performance career--as a teacher. I taught high school English and elementary Language Arts, and I credit my students for teaching me exactly what makes kids fall in love with books.

My current starring role of “Mama” is perhaps the most important of all. You can find me telling stories to my son, husband, and hairless cat in The Woodlands, Texas.

I am a member of SCBWI and 12X12 Picture Book Challenge, a Children's Book Academy Graduate, and am represented by Adria Goetz of Martin Literary Management.