I am a children’s book author and illustrator on Bainbridge Island, just across from Seattle, in beautiful Puget Sound. I live here with my husband and two children, four chickens, a cat, and two lively dogs--a big one named Lottie, and a small one named Cody.

I once was an architect, and spent many years designing stores for a big architecture firm in Seattle. Then I had children, and started reading beautiful picture books to them. I realized then that what I really wanted was to be a picture book author and illustrator.

I find inspiration for my stories and art from memories of childhood, my children’s antics and adventures, and the often silly goings-on of our domestic menagerie.

I have written and illustrated Two Speckled Eggs, I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard, and Sam and Jump, all from Candlewick Press. I have also illustrated Turkey Tot, written by George Shannon, published by Holiday House.]

You can learn quite a lot about me and my process by reading this wonderful interview with Julie Danielson over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. 

http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=4088

I am represented by Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties Inc., www.pippinproperties.com, 212-338-9310.

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