• I’m an author/illustrator in Northern CA. My titles include: THE SLEEPING GIANT: A Tale From Kaua’i and CAN YOU CATCH A COQUI FROG? by Vera Arita. My poetry may be found in the middle-grade anthology, AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN And Other Spine-Tingling Poems. Besides writing and painting, I love design, printmaking, dancing hula with Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, hiking and traveling with my family.

    Check out the following interviews–each has a different slant:

    Papertiger.org featured interview by Tarie Sabido, from her “Into the Wardrobe” blog post.

    Multiculturalism Rocks
    Part 1, An interview by Nathalie Mvondo (Part 2 may be found here).

    Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup interview discusses books and food–and includes my mom’s “famous” lumpia recipe!


  • I find inspiration in the ordinary–the little-noticed, everyday miracle. I find fun “in the doing”–sparks of ideas emerging from whatever material I have on hand. To explore and experiment in children’s literature through a multicultural and natural world lens is my fondest joy, privilege, and life-long endeavor.

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