I was born in Portland, Oregon, but when I was ten years old, my parents moved to Los Angeles. They were pretty insistent that I accompany them. I spent the rest of my formative years in L.A. (the Valley, to be exact … a region made famous in both song and film). When I was 28, I decided I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in L.A., even though I had a cool job working at Warner Bros. Records. My husband and I decided to relocate to my hometown. I was pretty insistent that he accompany me. Living in Portland and L.A. made me the kind of person who is equally at home sitting in traffic jams or walking in the rain.
I love to travel. I lived in northern England for a year while I was in college, where I learned to appreciate warm beer, milky tea, and Indian curries. I traveled around Europe while I lived there – those were the days when travel was cheap. I miss those days. Now when I travel, I am accompanied by my husband and son. In 2007 we went to England and Scotland to load up on castles, accents, and lochs. My favorite part of that trip was spending time with friends from my university days. Now our kids play together … a new generation of international friendship!
We love meeting new people and exploring new places, but we’re always happy to come home to our funny dogs, who have two missions in life: shedding long black hair and tracking mud into the house.
FLASH BURNOUT was published in October 2009. My second young adult novel, a fantasy titled THE MERMAID’S MIRROR, just came out this fall. I hope to write and publish many more books in the future … I have more story ideas than time to write them all.