Welcome, and thank you so much for visiting my site! 

Here's my newest news! My picture book, Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader, will be published by Clear Fork/Spork in early 2020. 

In Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader, Oliver hopes he can learn to be a good friend by observing how guinea pig friends Mac and Cheese interact. Snuggling might be OK for guinea pigs, but Oliver’s classmates don’t like him getting in their personal space bubbles. Will Oliver ever stop being a personal space invader? You can order your copy here!

I also have a nonfiction middle grade book that will be coming out in Winter 2020 with Lerner/Millbrook Press. I'll add updates about Bionic Beasts: Saving Animal Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks as cover art and preorder links become available. My editor and I have worked very hard to tell the stories of animals who have been helped by technology and the people who helped them. I'm so excited to share their stories with you!

Recently, I've been doing a lot of work in the picture book world. I am a We Need Diverse Books mentorship finalist, a Writing with the Stars mentorship recipient (working with Stacy McAnulty--yay!), a Children's Book Academy Yuyi Morales scholarship recipient, a Cynthia Levison Writing Barn Picture Book Biography scholarship recipient, and a Highlights Foundation scholarship recipient.

Here are a few of the other projects I've been working on: 

I worked with Minoru Tonai to write DON’T CALL ME #12803, a picture book that tells the story of his father being arrested by the FBI after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the incarceration of the rest of his family at Amache, an American concentration camp in Colorado. 

I interviewed the surviving members of America’s first Olympic judo team—a very diverse team for the time—and wrote THE ORIGINAL 1964 JUDO BROTHERS. This manuscript won Cynthia Levinson’s scholarship to The Writing Barn’s picture book biography workshop.

While researching a nonfiction book proposal, I learned of Soraida Salwala, Thai conservationist and animal rights activist and the creator of the first elephant hospital in the world. With Soraida’s support, I wrote SORAIDA’S ELEPHANTS.

I wrote COLOR WEAVER, a picture book biography about one of my favorite artists, Olga de Amaral, a Colombian fabric artist who has changed the world of textile art forever. 

I was selected by Stacy McAnulty for a Writing With the Stars mentorship, and we worked on three fiction manuscripts. We edited JOSHULA, the story of Dracula’s son, who wants to be like his dad but just. . .isn’t. I wrote GERTIE GOES GLAMPING, the story of a glamorous girl who hates the dirt, smells, and discomfort of the great outdoors, and I wrote SLOAN THE SPEEDY SLOTH, the story of a sloth who’s a little too fast-paced for the rest of her family.

And I'm the author of a young adult paranormal romance titled Devil.May.Care. Feel free to check out my site to see what else I've been up to!