I grew up in a small town in the Sierra foothills, just outside of Yosemite National Park. I spent a great deal of my childhood reading, writing, and climbing trees. I was unschooled until high school, so I had plenty of time for these pursuits, as well as many others. My brother and I founded a monthly newsletter (“Homeschoolers for Peace and Justice”) in which we wrote research articles along with other homeschooled contributors across the country. I also wrote a lot of fictional stories and dreamed of writing children’s books when I grew up.
After attending University of California Santa Cruz for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, I earned a teaching credential from California State University Monterey Bay. Somewhat ironically, I became an elementary school teacher. I later obtained a master’s degree in education from San Jose State University with a research project detailing the benefits of daily Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) for K-5 students. For ten years I taught K-3 and I was lucky enough to get to read picture books aloud to eager children every day.
In 2014, I retired from teaching to pursue my writing career full time. In addition to my writing, my husband and I are raising our two children. My days are split between writing and chasing after a preschooler and a baby.
So these days, I read aloud to only two children each day. My son adores books and being read to and I love talking to him about his favorite books. My daughter has just gotten started on a promising career as a book-chewer. I also still love reading to myself: particularly mysteries and historical fiction. I don’t climb trees anymore–I’ve traded that for climbing rocks. I boulder (climb short rocks that don’t require use of a rope) whenever I can with my husband and our son.
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