• I am honored to be the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Alaska. It’s a big state, but it’s filled with great authors and illustrators. Through the internet, we will become more connected with each other and those in business and artistic hubs in the lower 48 or “Outside,” as we say up here. But I still like the old fashioned meet-ups. It’s my goal to bring us together as much as the arctic winds will allow.

    In Anchorage, I hold two monthly business and critique meetings. Juneau holds one once a month. And I am happy to help Fairbanks and any other communities get together. Please email me if you want help with forming an in-person or online group.
    We also have a yearly conference, many virtual critiques, illustrators’ shows, and fun meet-ups.

    The distances are vast up here, but with the internet, I thinks we can make those distances smaller and be a great community. 
    Contact me at: 

    SCBWI / Tatalias
    800 E. Dimond Blvd 3-131
    PO Box 145
    Anchorage, AK 99515
    The long, dark winter days in Alaska, and endless summer nights equally give me inspiration to write.

    My middle grade, urban fantasy, Nyghtmare’s Code is touring editors’ and agents’ desks. It’s about a twelve-year-old boy who, dreaming of fame and fortune, creates a video game based on his bad dreams, but ends up battling his worst fear when Nyghtmare comes to life and kidnaps his father. The ransom? The code that will give the villain permanent life in the real world where he plans on killing all the gamers who’ve been killing him. While fighting to save his father and friends, Valin learns that by believing in himself, he can master how he plays the game of life.

    This story was a finalist in The Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Literary Contest 2010, 2011, and 2012. 

    I graduated from the Evergreen State College in Washington State with a BA in Outdoor Education. I have been a flight instructor, ran a small hotel in Holland, and back packed around the world. I received a certificate in Popular Fiction from the University of WA, taught by Pam Binder, president of the PNWA. I now divide my time between four passions: writing, yoga (practicing and teaching), being outdoors, and raising my children.