Love. Free will. Trusting heart and soul to guide you. I write young adult fantasy books that deal with these issues, via characters who confront situations in which they learn the true measure of their hearts. I hope readers will engage and empathize with my stories, and come away with a deeper understanding of themselves and their world.

My work is influenced by too many authors to name, but I’m particularly fond of Rae Carson, Robin LaFevers, Shannon Mayer, Patricia McKillip, Mercedes Lackey, Lloyd Alexander, Leigh Bardugo, Lois McMaster Bujold, Grace Draven, and Jeff Wheeler.

I’m a retired teacher who enjoyed fostering a love of literature with elementary and middle-grade students. My days are a mixed bag of writing, reading, gardening, reaching out to friends and family, and enjoying the company of my longtime companion. Mornings begin with the NYT Crossword Puzzle, and I take special delight in the ones I solve without having to look up answers.

I grew up listening to accordions, and own a vintage Delarosa from Italy, where I once spent a rainy December in an unheated attic guestroom. If I ran the world, every town would have a state-of-the-art library with bookmobiles, and at least one café stocked with board games, free to all.

A native of San Francisco, I now live in California’s Central Valley—much hotter, but eminently more affordable.


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