|Region:||California: San Francisco North and East Bay|
|Age Levels:||5-10 and 11-13|
|Will Travel:||Anywhere in the world|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong. In 1979, I came to California and attended Dominican College (now University) in San Rafael, California, where I received my B.A. in English LIterature with a Writing Emphasis in 1983, and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology in 1986. I have worked for most of my professional career as a counselor/social worker with kids in group homes, foster homes, residential treatment centers, and for the Mendocino County Child Protective Services. I began writing when I was 11 years old, and have had non-fiction articles published in regional and local magazines and newspapers, as well as in the children's magazines, "Highlights for Children", "Appleseed", "Faces". and "Muse". I am the author of six picture books OTTO'S RAINY DAY (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2000);CIXI, THE DRAGON EMPRESS (Goosebottom Books, 2011); SACAJAWEA OF THE SHOSHONE (Goosebottom Books, 2012), GOLDY LUCK AND THE THREE PANDAS (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2014); THE ROCK MAIDEN (Wisdom Tales Press, 2017), and MULAN'S NEW YEAR (Disney Press, 2018) I am currently working on two middle grade novels, and two picture book manuscripts.
I like to connect with the teacher(s) or author visit coordinator first to see what the teachers would like to focus on. Presentations on the historical aspects of Cixi and Sacajawea will include power points about the women's stories, some interactive activities such as non-verbal communication and translation chain (Sacajawea), what people ate and wore in their time periods, discussions of whether women in power like Cixi deserved their Dastardly reputations.