Things that bring me joy: books, kids, kids reading books, writing books for kids. After nearly a decade as a public health professional, I made the jump from office to keyboard. Now, I spend my days reading stories to my kids and writing stories for kids everywhere.
My debut picture book, Pando, A Living Wonder of Trees (illustrated by Turine Tran, published by Capstone), was named one of the best books of 2021 by School Library Journal and Chicago Public Library and a finalist for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. Little, Brown will publish my second picture book, A Few Beautiful Minutes (illustrated by Khoa Le), in 2023. I am represented by Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Literary, and my writing has appeared in numerous outlets including, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Motherwell Magazine.
I write lyrical STEM picture books and love using my professional background to translate science in ways that inspire wonder and curiosity about the natural world. I’m an avid hiker and often find inspiration in National Parks and on the trails of Southern California.
Photo credit: Olga Kubrak Photography