About Me

Spud Lake, Durango, CO

I was born and raise in the mountains of southwest Colorado. My childhood consisted of skiing, hiking, biking, and camping in the crisp Rocky Mountain air. All of these are activities that I continue to enjoy doing with my husband (Lee), four year old son (Finley), and our sweet old lab mix (Nyko).

My love of writing came from my grandmother. A hopeless romantic, and old timer of La Plata County, she always crafted stories that were captivating and connected my young imagination to the locations and people of our small mountain town. These stories had an impact not only in how I saw the world around me, they shaped how I came to express the world in my mind.

Education and Career

I graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2006 with a degree in English Literature. After graduation, I spent three months working at an orphanage in Salvador, Brazil. Inspired to work with children, I returned to Colorado and got my teaching licence. I have served in public education as an English teacher and a Special Education teacher since 2009.

Writing

I started writing for pleasure as a high school student, and continued to explore that passion through college. During one writing class, I wrote a short, non-fiction piece that was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That. In addition to my creative writing, I have written articles for publications such as Durango Magazine and Durango Living Magazine.

After having my son in 2014, my heart pulled more than ever towards writing picture books. I reached out and found a mentor who gave me the best piece of advice as a newbie to the world of writing for children when she encouraged me to join SCBWI. I have been a member of the Rocky Mountain chapter ever since.

Writing Style

There is noting better to me than hearing my son break out in a fit of giggles. My picture books are written to capture the silly humor that gets young readers in stitches along with their adult companions. I also love word play and finding ways to use alliteration and word placement to create a reading experience that is fun and playful.