My love of developing stories began as a child when I made pictures books to share with my siblings. As an adult, I developed stories with writers and directors in the TV and film industry, beginning as a researcher at Saturday Night Live and ending up as an executive producer at New Line Cinema (lovejones and Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Longing to pursue a childhood dream, I left the film biz to earn an Early Childhood ME and Montessori teaching certificate at NYU. I moved to Rhode Island and taught Montessori for 10 years while studying at RISD at night. I now write and illustrate full-time, but keep one foot in the classroom as a substitute teacher. I’m an active member of SCBWI and 12 x12 Picture Book Challenge. I believe in creating picture books that let children imagine, question and empathize. Masking up in Providence, RI, I live with my husband, two teenage sons and a barky Chihuahua mix named Buttercup.