I grew up in rural New Hampshire, with a big backyard full of trees, and a neighborhood scattered with farms, forests and fields. From the moment I could turn a page and hold a crayon, I've been reading, writing and drawing. My favorite thing was to imagine the worlds inhabited by the animals I saw around me, and I wrote elaborate stories about the lives of foxes and owls, deer and mice. Nature was full of stories, and I'd wander through the woods following the tiny footprints of a mouse, imagining the furry little thoughts that went through its mind as it scampered along through the snow.
I've always had a great curiosity about the world we live in and the role humans play in it, and this led me to study English and Anthropology in college. I went on to complete an M.A. in Anthropology at Indiana University, and worked as an Archaeologist and a Paleoanthropologist on excavations in Kenya, Belgium, France and around New England. Eventually, my love of story and a strong desire to work with children and teens pulled me back from the trenches of archaeology, and I went on to earn an M.Ed. in Reading from the University of New Hampshire, and teach literature and writing classes in a New Hampshire high school.
Since then, I've focused on combining art and writing, both in my classes and in my own creative endeavors. I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a graduate of the Children's Book Academy. I've completed additional coursework in writing and art from the University of New Hampshire, University of California at San Diego, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sanctuary Arts, and Exeter Fine Crafts.