I've been an artist since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Originally born in Florida, I now live in the beautiful state of New Hampshire with my two- and four-legged family where I'm busy working on my next tale. A self-proclaimed Imagination Expert, Literary Addict, and Collector-of-Shoes-and-Sea Glass, I enjoy reading, roaming, and all things Steampunk.
As a woman of Siksika (Blackfeet) and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) descent, it is extremely important to me to preserve and cultivate our indigenous languages for future generations. I believe my path has led me to do this through children's literature.
My latest bilingual Lakota tale, Ikto'mi Brings About the Death of an Iya, is a traditional oral story of the Lakota trickster as he tries to outsmart a hungry giant. This is my second collaboration with the Thunder Valley Lakota Language Initiative in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and the first in a planned series of traditional oral stories.
I've also recently completed illustrations for a bilingual Iroquois story, "The Legend of the Hermit Thrush", retold by award-winning Maine author Mary Morton Cowan. Mary is the author of several middle-grade books for children , a winner of the Maine Library Association's Lupine Honor Award, and a 2019 STEM award recipient. The tale is slated to be translated into Mohawk - the largest spoken language of the Iroquois Nation.
When not writing or working on illustrations, I'm usually wandering the less-taken path, camera-in-hand or with my head in someone else's book. Traveling, making steampunk jewelry, and spending time at the ocean are some of my other passions. Professional memberships include SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators), BroadUniverse, and the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF).