the author of the picture book THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU (illus. Mary Lundquist, Bloomsbury, 2019), which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She served as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Southwest Texas and the founding host of the Picture Book Salon of San Antonio, Texas. 
    She has received grants from SCBWI, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metro Regional Arts Council, and The Jerome Foundation, as well as a 2012 Loft Shabo Picture book Award and a Pushcart nomination. She earned her MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her MFA in fiction from Hamline University. She has taught children’s literature in the public schools and at the undergraduate level for nearly two decades. She has also enjoyed volunteering in public and school libraries, interviewing children’s authors for Write On! Radio (KFAI), and selling books at The Twig Book Shop. Originally from Minnesota, she now writes in sunny San Antonio, TX. 

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