I am an author and children’s librarian from Orange County, CA. I write whimsical books that live in the space between science and magic—not quite one or the other, and a little bit of both. I like to explore the dark and fantastical hidden corners of our world.
I am a professional storyteller. In addition to writing, I am also a children’s librarian. With poems, puppets, and songs, I create narrative experiences for children of all ages.
When I was growing up, I was constantly making up stories. I decided to be a writer after writing a particular enchanting story about a mermaid when I was in the second grade. Since I’m very stubborn, I never gave up on that goal.
The high school in my hometown didn’t offer a creative writing program, so I convinced my parents to send me to boarding school. I attended Idyllwild Arts Academy for two years, where I lived in the mountains and studied creative writing. I wrote a lot of realistic stories back then. These days I tend to stick to fantasy.
I earned an English degree from California State University, Fullerton, with the idea that I would become a teacher. During my time there, I started working in a local library. I loved working as a librarian so much that I decided not to become a teacher after all. But I still visit schools to give storytimes and teach writing workshops.
I live in Orange County, California, where it gets way too hot in the summer and my apartment is much smaller than I’d like it to be. I have three roommates: a husband, a daughter, and a dog named Dezi. When I’m not writing or librarian-ing, I enjoy playing D&D and camping.
I am available for workshops, lectures, school visits, and other speaking engagements. Please see my Appearances page for more information.