About Me

My first novel, The Amethyst Road, a fantasy set in an alternative Pacific Northwest, was a Junior Library Book selection and a finalist for the Andre Norton Award (Hugo-Nebula Award Scheme) among other honors. My second novel, The Jewel and the Key, is a time-travel fantasy set in contemporary Seattle and Seattle at the beginning of World War. I also teach history and English at Cascadia Community College in Washington State.

I live in Seattle with my husband and two sons. A few facts about me:

  • I love diners and don’t understand why there aren’t more of them on the West Coast.
  • I once rescued a dog that had been hit by a car.
  • I moved to South Korea without knowing how to use chopsticks.
  • I grew up in Buffalo New York. In one blizzard the snow drifted up to the second floor of our house. Grown-ups hated it. I thought it was the best thing in the world.
  • My husband and I backpacked through South East Asia. We slept on the floor of the Beijing train station, visited the Forbidden City, hiked up Mount Bromo in Indonesia, and travelled from Saigon to Hue in Vietnam.
  • I have seen a ghost.
  • Little Red Song Book I first heard of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) when I was performing in a production of The Firebugs and we warmed up by belting out songs from The Little Red Songbook. I later realized that acting wasn’t for me and became a writer instead!