I live in Texas but have also lived in Bangkok, Thailand and Okinawa, Japan. I come from a large, close-knit family where my sisters are my best friends.
My writing career started when I entered a writing contest and was lucky enough to win an all-expense paid trip to New York where I attended a week-long writing workshop. It was a great experience.
I started out writing nonfiction and then ventured into children’s picture books. Now I am working on a middle-grade novel. I even dabbled in poetry and had some of it published in anthologies. You never know what can happen when you take a leap of faith and enter a writing contest. Try it!
2005 recipient of SCWBI Martha Weston Award
2011 recipient of SCWBI Amazon.com Work-in-Progress Grant
My latest bilingual picture book, Lupita’s First Dance/El Primer Baile de Lupita, Illustrated by Gabhor Utomo, is on the 2014-2015 Tejas Star Book Award Reading List. This award is sponsored by the Texas Library Association (TLA).