Me and Steven Kellogg, Young Authors Conference, 1989
Fun Facts about me
I live in Boston with my husband, two children, two cats, two hamsters, and five fish.
I can say "this is my nose" in several different languages.
I have lived in five of the US states and visited seven countries on three continents.
I have dabbled in millinery, puppetry, knitting, crocheting, paper making, and more.
I am a white, bisexual, neurotypical, cisgender woman.
Writing, drawing, and libraries have always been part of my life. I learned to read and write before kindergarten, writing stories in my parents' blue college exam books. In first grade ,my teachers chose me to attend the Young Authors Conference, where I got to meet Steven Kellogg.
I spent my teenage years taking every art class I could, writing fantasy novels, and working in my local library. Whenever possible I worked in the picture book section. Shelve a few... read a few... shelve a few... read a few... If I'd had more self awareness, I would have known then that I would group up to be a children's librarian and author/illustrator.
But what teenager has self-awareness? I went to college to study cultural anthropology and comparative religion, spent a summer teaching English in Thailand, did a brief stint in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, then got an MA in South Asian Studies. I spent three years working on a PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies before deciding I didn't want to be an academic. So I quit school, got a job in a day care, and had my first kid. In my thirties, I ended up shelving books in my local library (shelve a few... read a few... shelve a few... read a few).
I got my Library Science degree in 2016 from Simmons, where I also studied Children's Literature. I know spent my time reading books to children, taking every art class I can find, and writing humorous fantasy stories that challenge gender norms.