I grew up in a small town in Connecticut with a very loud and very funny father, a mother who devoured books, three insane siblings, and an artistic grandmother who could make anything fun. (She once made me a doll out of wallpaper.) We had three dogs growing up, each named Romy, and a disagreeable cat named Jeronimo, who usually entered our house through a second-story window after hanging out on the roof all day.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to write and illustrate children’s books. My mother instilled in us her love of books—regularly carting us to the library and reading picture books before bed. I loved the feeling of being transported to the places that only existed within those pages. I started making up my own characters with background stories and my father would tape them up in his office. His favorite character was “Darla Desmond.” She was an old, washed-up movie star and he was her only fan. My favorite children’s-book authors and illustrators have always been Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Arnold Lobel, and, of course, Dr. Suess.
I have a BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where I majored in design and minored in illustration. I moved to Boston after graduating and worked in advertising as an art director and graphic designer for eleven years. I was a VP, associate creative director before finally making the decision to stay home after the birth of our first child and pursue my longtime dream.
I get inspiration from ordinary things that happen every day. I try to look for the humor in everything. It is all around us if we choose to see it that way. Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo was my first children’s book and was inspired by a trip to the petting zoo. It was a chilly fall day and all of the children there, including my own, had runny noses. The sheep began to resemble large mounds of tissue. I remember thinking how ironic it was that the hand sanitizer was mounted on the fence at the exit. Poor sheep.
I live in Massachusetts with my very loud and very funny husband, my two insane children, and a disagreeable cat named Sabine.
Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:
1. Nantucket Island is my very favorite place.
2. I love blueberry scones and black tea.
3. I believe that there is much magic in the world.