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I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in a house full of books. My mom read to me until I left for college. My love of writing and books led me to major in creative writing and pursue a graduate degree in library science.

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.

When I’m not writing, I serve as a youth services 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.


Are your books #OwnVoices?

Author Corinne Duyvis coined the #OwnVoices term/hashtag to refer to works featuring marginalized points of view by authors who share the same marginalized characteristic. I write from the perspective of a White, abled, queer/ace-spectrum, cis woman.

What’s your favorite book?

I could never pick just one! However, these are some favorites from my youth:

  • 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
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
  • The Chosen, by Chaim Potok
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien