A lifelong reader, I grew up in California and New Hampshire, graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in French literature. After teaching English in Paris, and French in the U.S., I worked for many years at a regional book wholesaler. That experience with the business side of books—ordering and returns, inventory and shipping, helping with sales, catalogs and trade shows—was a fantastic introduction to the world of book-making and selling.
In 2001, I joined SCBWI, The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, where I was an active volunteer in our regional chapter. That led to meeting my critique group partners, whose encouragement and feedback have made me a better writer.
Now I write the kinds of books I like to read best: teen fantasy novels with strong female characters. My first novel, The Swan Maiden, was published in 2007, followed by Aurelie: A Faerie Tale, and Toads and Diamonds.
In November 2006, my engineer husband and I moved onto the 48-foot sailboat Adventure with our three cats: X, Y, and Z. We cruised around Mexico and Southern California until our newest crew member, aka “Cabin Boy,” was born in 2009. Before he left the hospital, we had strung netting around the boat to make it a floating playground. Even so, we make sure he wears his life jacket on deck.
Writing and parenting and boat chores keep me pretty busy, but I’m always happy to talk books and writing with fellow enthusiasts.
2012 update: our "living on the boat" chapter has come to an end. We moved to New York! Adventure is no longer ours, but the adventure continues...
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