Greetings! Thanks for visiting my website. Here’s a bit about me:

My first picture book, Purple Mountain Majesties, was a Junior Library Guild selection and a Scholastic Book Club selection.

Purple Mountain Majesties

With my friend Lisa Flinn, I have published seven holiday picture books including Mystery in the Stable and The Christmas Garland.

The Christmas Garland

My wonderful agent Erzsi Deak is helping me find publishers for my  picture books and my novel, Saving the Frog, based on the carousel frog you see above. I’m in the middle of writing another novel, Eva Heaven and the Summer Pie Blog, about a girl named Eva, her crazy bulldog Barbie, and Aunt Sky, a noted pie blogger.

I love the bracelets and note a real Eva sent to encourage me as I dug into another revision of Eva Heaven:

Letter from Eva

A few years ago, I earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.  I began my professional life as a children’s librarian after receiving an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My undergraduate days were spent at Duke University (Go Blue Devils!), where I majored in history and French literature.

Since I love history, I’ve written lots of stories set in the past. Another new manuscript is Christmas Dinner for Greta, based on the holiday meal served to the horses of Boston years ago.

Christmas Dinner for Greta

I share a 180-year-old yellow house in the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina with my husband Cliff and resident spiders and mice. I have two grown daughters, Katherine and Laura. Next to my family and books, some of my favorite things include birthday cake, sprinkles, the ocean, hiking, and my collections of bookmarks, dolls, and antique toys.

I like to speak to kids and adults about writing. I can be reached at

I’m pleased to have fourteen of my toasts included in June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling’s wonderful volume.


Here’s the cover of my latest book from Abingdon Press, Around the Year in Children’s Church. Love the apple tree in four seasons!

I’m pleased to have three poems and three blog pieces in Lisa Winkler’s anthology, Tangerine Tango:  Women Writers Share Slices of Life.