I was born in Whitefish, Montana. My family moved around the Inland Northwest a number of times and I ended up in Moyie Springs, Idaho just before I started eighth grade.

I graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1993. After that I attended the University of Idaho and achieved a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing emphasis.

I was in second grade when I first knew I wanted to be a writer. I attended elementary school in Twin Bridges, Montana at the time.

Our teacher had us write and illustrate our own stories, and I wrote about our family’s White German Shepherd, Missie. The teacher filed the stories away in the school office and promised to return them when we graduated.

I was excited because I’d written a story that children could understand and enjoy.

Later that year my family moved and I never got my story back. But the seed was planted and I’ve wanted to write fun stories for children ever since.

I currently live in northern Idaho with my husband Barry and our three children, two dogs and a cat. Each and every member of my family (including the furry ones) inspire creativity and more stories than I can capture in writing.

I like to explore the wonder of life’s simple treasures. You can often find me outside with my camera as I try to capture some of them– frost hair on rocks and leaves, glistening drops of rain clinging tight to tree branches, stages of the moon on a clear night. I’ve even taken a number of pictures of our street light!

I am an incurable optimist with a particular fondness for stories where the “little duck” wins in the end. I’m also an avid reader, writer, photographer, and adventurer. I love writing because I can tell my characters what to do–unless, of course, they have other ideas!