I write in this shed in sunny Santa Rosa, California.

When I feel stuck, I take my ideas on a walk. My dog likes to help with that. 

I agree with Cormac McCarthy that "books are made out of books," so I read as much kid lit as I write. Speaking of kids, sometimes I lose mine in the piles of books.

I've worked in educational publishing for twenty years.

I write and edit textbooks, lesson plans, novel study guides, games, assessments--pretty much any print or online material that is used in a classroom. 

Publishers I work for include HMH, Pearson, and IXL.

I am a SCBWI member.