I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where my childhood was a fairly typical urban adventure through the late 1970s and 1980s. My parents are both educators and my older sister has worked in the fields of historical interpretation and animal welfare. All of them have worked closely with kids and young adults and this is probably where my interest in writing for young adults coalesced. But it wasn’t always this way.
When I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree, I thought I’d end up as a cartoonist and maybe write books on the side. But as time went on, I found myself gravitating toward advocacy fields and my diverse work background now includes child and animal welfare, law enforcement support and natural history education. Currently I am employed by the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of the country’s top-rated marine science organizations. I am responsible for administering and creating the written and visual content for the aquarium’s Oceanscape Network, a website for young adults interested in ocean conservation and outdoor exploration.
In the early 2000s, I became a foster parent and ultimately cared for five boys and adopted two — my sons Cooper and Myles. My experiences working in the foster care, behavioral health and juvenile justice systems gave me a perspective on how many kids live in the US, a reality which was very different from my own comfortable experience growing up in the suburbs of a large city. Becoming a parent really motivated my desire to write and based on my experiences I gravitate toward protagonists who may be slightly off-center or have encountered personal hardships. You can learn more about my writing here.
My friends and family have accused me of being an arrested adolescent, and I suppose this will become evident as you browse the features on this website. I’ve tried to include items here which will appeal to a wide variety of ages and interests and I love getting feedback. If you have something you’d like to share, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.