headshot2I spent my childhood behind the counter of my parents' Thai restaurant in Weatherford, Texas with my nose stuck in a book. I have always loved to read and tell stories, but for most of my life I never dreamed I would be a children's book author. I love science, and I went to college to be an engineer (my bachelor's degree), and then went back to be a science museum educator (my master's degree). I started writing fiction when I was expecting my first baby and found that I had all sorts of stories I wanted to tell. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and two daughters. I still head back to our Thai restaurant whenever I get the chance. And of course, I still usually have my nose stuck in a book!

All those important questions:

  • Hometown: Weatherford, Texas
  • Siblings: None! I'm an only child.
  • Favorite fantasy book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (but I have about a dozen more favorites!)
  • Favorite movie: The Labyrinth
  • Favorite food: Thai food
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • If I could Change into any animal it would be: A wren. It would be amazing to fly!
  • Fears: Swimming in murky water


My Success Story Spotlight interview with the staff of the wonderful Writing Barn on picture books and being patient

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