• Co-Regional Advisor, SCBWI-Michigan. Author of two narrative nonfiction picture books about animal adaptation (see below) and a new narrative nonfiction picture book, STRETCH TO THE SUN: FROM A TINY SPROUT TO THE TALLEST TREE ON EARTH releasing in October 2018 (Charlesbridge).  Author of WHEN CUBA CAME TO MARQUETTE, Michigan History Magazine, Sept/Oct. 2010. Recipient of an SCBWI-sponsored Work of Outstanding Promise (WOOP) grant in 2013. Grand Prize Winner, SCBWI-MI Picture Book Mentorship Competition 2007 with Newbery Award author Lynne Rae Perkins. BA early childhood education, University of Michigan. Founder and consultant, Children’s Book Connections. Former teacher then director of university-owned early childhood center, former business development director for an international corporate finance company. Former associate director of development for University of Rochester Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. Former development officer, Marquette General Health Systems.


  • I’m a wife, mom, daughter, friend, athlete, entrepreneur, community volunteer, and children’s book author. Woven between all of the roles I play in life is my love for writing. I’m passionate about words on paper and the impact they make on people–both large and small.

    My mission is to write memorable children’s books–the kind of books that resonate, make you look at the everyday in a new way, or give you a contagious belly laugh. That’s what I call memorable. My writing and reading interests are at the intersection of fiction and nonfiction — that sweet spot that makes you say, “Hmmm. I didn’t know that!” For current news, school visit information, and lots more, please visit my website.

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  • Magazine Articles
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    When Cuba Came to Marquette

    Michigan History Magazine