Me in the Shetland Islands researching THE RUNAWAY'S GOLD

About Me

I love history! And when something from the past grabs my attention, I dig and dig until I find the human story behind the details. I write novels, picture books, and biographies for children and young adults, and like to use what I learn about the past in my stories.

I grew up on a farm in New Hampshire where we had sheep, pigs, ducks, geese, a goat and some horses. We made maple syrup and spun our own wool.

When I was 11 years old I won the Smiling Cup at summer camp.

Here are some of the books I loved when I was a kid: 

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom

My favorite color is purple.

Me as a kid hiking in the White Mountains

I do most of my writing in our wonderful town library and in the messy office in our house. 

I have a dog named Grace, a cat named Nolan, and another cat named Sausage.
They like to bother me when I write!

Dog Grace on stairs
Nolan the cat
Cat named Sausage
I studied International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.