about me

Army veteran, military spouse, former public servant and current mother of 4, I've spent my life writing - first for school, then for the government, and now for myself. While I can credit my education and professional experiences with providing the basic tools of the trade, my greatest source of inspiration is the imaginative worlds I explore with my children. Whether we're hiking through moss-filled fairy forests around our home in the Pacific Northwest or adventuring together through the pages of a good book, they are the light that never fails.

 

write. edit. repeat.

education

BA, Penn State University
MA, Georgetown University
Certificate, Centre de Linguistique appliquée (Besançon, France)

inspiration

The Gashlycrumb Tinies (Edward Gorey)

Never Tease a Weasel (Jean Conder Soule)

Black Dog (Levi Pinfold)

Maude and Claude Go Abroad (Susan Meddaugh)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Judith Kerr)

Sir Cedric Rides Again (Roy Gerrard)

The Story of Edward (Philippe Dumas)

Waiting (Kevin Henkes)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Erin E. Stead)

A Different Pond (Bao Phi)

The Octopuppy (Martin McKenna)

Not a Box (Antoinette Portis)

Du Iz Tak? (Carson Ellis)

Louella Mae, She's Run Away (Karen Beaumont Alarcon)

Falling Up (Shel Silverstein)

The New Small Person (Lauren Child)

The Book with No Pictures (B.J. Novak)

Oh, the Places You'll Go (Dr. Seuss)

Finding Winnie (Lindsay Mattick)

How to Be a Lion (Ed Vere)

"I can't" said the ant (Polly Cameron)

A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)

The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

Anne of Green Gables (Kathleen Olmstead)

Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)

elevation

ἦθος ἀνθρώπῳ δαίμων 
Character is destiny (Heraclitus)