I grew up just south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and have lived in California and now, in Salt Lake City, Utah. I also spent a year living in a van and tent, camping in wild places throughout the US.
In addition to writing, I’m a children’s librarian. Storytime is one of the most fun parts of my job. When I’m not at the library or writing, I enjoy hiking with my two dogs, biking, backpacking, skiing, and almost anything else that gets me outside.
Sometimes I write at my desk, from which I can see Grandeur Peak and Mount Olympus in the Wasatch Mountain range. I’ve written drafts of a few of my picture books while hiking mountain trails. I usually prefer to handwrite first drafts before revising things on my computer.
A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Me:
1. Of the twenty owl species that live in North America, I have seen eight in the wild. Only twelve to go. . . .
2. I spent four months as a volunteer in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. I’ve hiked every mile but one on its many trails. I’m saving that last mile for later.
3. My favorite constellation is the Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. See if you can find it tonight!