Writing, teaching and making history come alive

About

A little bit about me...

 

Hi! Thanks for visiting.

I’m a writer, teacher, writing coach and living history enthusiast. I write historical fiction and fantasy for children and young adults, and picture books.

When not writing my own stories, I'm helping others to find theirs. My Writer Doodle classes help students explore the ways words can be used with purpose and power while having fun practicing with the tools of great writing. I'm also a great fan of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and have helped students to bring their stories to life through NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program. Since 2010, I’ve used my background in theater, dance performance and costuming to bring the Oregon Trail to fourth graders and other groups. I combine hands-on, multimedia learning experiences about history with lessons in writing historical fiction.

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I learned to love history listening to family stories at the dinner table, and poking around old houses, museums and graveyards on family vacations. After earning a degree in theater and dance, I fell in love with nineteenth and early twentieth century social dances. I traveled the country going to dances in vintage costumes. When I landed in the Pacific Northwest, I added flamenco, swing dance, Argentine tango and living history reenactments to my life. Throughout all of those years I was teaching. I find sharing what I love with others and searching for creative ways to help people overcome the roadblocks to their success incredibly rewarding.

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I’m a member of SCBWI (the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). I lead a creative writing group for adults for EPIC Group Writers, a non-profit writer support group. I’m passionate about helping writers improve the power of their words through giving and receiving feedback in a supportive and productive environment.

I live in the Seattle area with a husband and daughter who keep me on my toes, and this crazy mutt!