Inspired by the natural environment, my writing features a strong sense of place. I grew up near the ocean on a quiet section of the New Jersey shore. In all weathers, my family went to the beach to walk, explore, and experience the endless sea and sky. 

I loved imitating people when I was young and now, as I write, I imagine my characters' voices. Tucker, my Walker hound, has a distinctive voice that not only echoes across our pond, but through the blog he inspired.

Through watercolors, I paint my own view of nature, and through words, I imagine people and worlds that could exist. 

A lifelong reader, I fuse my knowledge of literature with a particular landscape and an authentic voice to create my own world through writing. 

In my work, I draw on experience in daily newspaper reporting and editing as well as my career as a children’s library teacher.