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.


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



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I’ve written a novel called Eva Heaven and the Summer Pie Blog, about a girl named Eva, her crazy bulldog Beetle, and Aunt Sky, a noted pie blogger. I’ve also got a novel about  a boy who fights to keep the frog from being removed from an historic carousel on a New Jersey boardwalk.

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

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

Christmas Dinner for Greta

And I enjoy doing research for picture book biographies. I’ve written about Randolph Caldecott, one of the first illustrators for kids; Jane Taylor, who wrote “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star;” and James Naismith, who invented basketball.

I write contemporary picture books, too. I’ve got stories about moving into a big bed, a flower girl, trucks, and a lighthouse.

Lighthouse and Clouds

I live in the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina, with my husband Cliff. Some of my favorite things include painting in acrylics, books, birthday cake, sprinkles, the ocean,  movies, my grandchildren, and my collections of bookmarks, dolls, and antique toys.

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

Vintage Sheep and Yoyo Enjoy the Breeze

This painting is titled Vintage Sheep and Yo-yo Enjoy the Breeze. It’s part of a series called “Toys Escaping” that I painted for the Orange Country Historical Museum here in Hillsborough.