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 oceanic.
As a woman of Peigan (Blackfeet) and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) descent, it is extremely important to me to preserve and cultivate our indigenous languages, culture, and stories for current and future generations. I believe my path has led me to do this through children's literature.
My latest work - a collaboration with Red Cloud Lakota School (Pine Ridge, South Dakota) - is a collection of traditional Ikto'mi tales translated for use in the school's language immersion program.
Plans for the more indigenous language stories are already in the works including a traditional Iroquois tale, "The Legend of the Hermit Thrush", as retold by award-winning Maine author Mary Morton Cowan. We are looking forward to working with the Ahkwesáhsne (Mohawk) Board of Education to bring a bilingual version of the classic creation story to a new generation of readers.
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, EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association), and the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF).