I'm an author of picture book, middle grade, and young adult stories. I believe in the power of kids. I believe in kids' innate curiosity, enthusiasm, honesty, courage, compassion, and bottomless hope. This big, flawed, beautiful, strange world is yours. Shape it well.
"It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face
a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less
cruel and heartless." ~ L.R. Knost
I got my degree in Print Journalism, but I never became a newspaper reporter like I'd planned.
When I was still a student, Neo-Nazis decided came to my town.
I was supposed to cover their rally, but as I watched these men screaming their hate, I realized I didn't want to do that. I didn't
want to simply report on bad things that were happening...
I wanted to change them.
Since I left school, I've been a union organizer, a community activist, the director of the Vermont Progressive Party, and have worked for progressive state and local candidates, like Bernie Sanders.
I'm a member of SCBWI, the 12x12 Picture Book Forum, #PBChat, and #QueerKidLit. I'm also a mom of two, comic book geek, Trekkie, gamer, and animal lover. In my spare time I love to weave, sing, and bake blue-ribbon desserts.