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In fourth grade, I got in trouble for drawing too much during class.

After graduating magna cum laude from Columbus College of Art and Design as an Illustration major, I worked in the graphics department at an educational publisher. Now I write and illustrate children's books.

I wrote and illustrated PENGUIN CHA-CHA (Random House).

I've illustrated the following:

FEEL THE BEAT: DANCE POEMS THAT ZING FROM SALSA TO SWING (written by Marilyn Singer, Dial)

PRETTY MINNIE IN HOLLYWOOD (written by Danielle Steel, Doubleday)

PRETTY MINNIE IN PARIS (written by Danielle Steel, Doubleday)

THE GOODBYE CANCER GARDEN (written by Janna Matthies, Albert Whitman)

CORA COOKS PANCIT (written by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Shen's Books)

THE LITTLE WINGS Chapter Book Series (written by Cecilia Galante, Random House)

DO YOU LOVE ME MORE? (written by Crystal Bowman, Standard)

OLIVER'S FIRST CHRISTMAS (Accord)

DANCING DREAMS (written by Kate Ohrt, Accord)

I'm represented by Linda Pratt from Wernick & Pratt Agency.

Some of my favorite things in life are my husband and daughters, dark chocolate, hot fudge pudding cake, collecting picture books, reading, swing dancing, musicals (especially Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), monkeys, penguins, and my faith in Jesus.

I grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Ohio, moved to Texas, taught English for a summer in China, and now live in Indiana with my husband, daughters, and a room full of hippos and monkeys. I tend to draw a mouse, hippo, monkey, and penguin somewhere in each of my recent picture books.

I create my art in Photoshop using a Cintiq display and pressure-sensitive pen. I find that working digitally allows me to be creative and edit easily, without the hazard of spilling dirty painting water or drinking it by mistake.

If you're interested in writing or illustrating for children, I strongly recommend joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and getting involved in your local region. That’s where you can find out how to submit, find publishers, find help, and meet lots of wonderful people.