When I was young, a pen was my favorite toy. I grew up weaving words into silly poems or stories that sparked emotion.
I wrote my first poem when I was eight, my first short story when I was ten, and my first picture book when I was seventeen. Of course, it took years of practice and perseverance before I sold my first picture book manuscript to Disney-Hyperion in 2004.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was exposed to all sorts of creatures through my father who trained, bred, and rehabilitated animals. It was not uncommon to find bobcats, alligators, monkeys, hawks, or even vultures at my home. A love of animals and nature has spilled over into my love of writing.
Today my favorite toy is a keyboard. I currently live and create at my home in beautiful northern California wine country.