Carly and Me
Me and my dear, old dog, Carly. Photo by David Sutton.

I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in a house full of books. My mom read to me until I left for college. We explored realistic fiction, fantasy, and science fiction together.

When I was seven, I decided to become an author. I attempted my first novel the following summer, about a brave princess joining forces with elves and fairies to overthrow the evil king and queen. It was seven pages long.

My love of writing and books led me to major in creative writing and pursue a graduate degree in library science. When I’m not writing, I serve as a youth librarian in the Chicago suburbs. In my free time, I’m likely to be reading (of course!), playing music, crocheting, or just hanging out with my dog.

Some books I’ve read again and again:

  • The Prydain Chronicles, by Lloyd Alexander
  • Dangerous Angels, by Francesca Lia Block
  • Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury
  • A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The House of Thirty Cats, by Mary Calhoun
  • The Dark Is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper
  • Danny, Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl
  • Maurice, by E. M. Forster
  • Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden
  • The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  • The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
  • The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald
  • The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
  • The Chosen, by Chaim Potok
  • Tiffany Aching series, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien