Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I wasn't hard to spot - I was the girl juggling a big stack of books on her way home from school. In the fourth grade, I started writing plays. I'd cast my friends in the roles and we'd rehearse during recess. My teacher, Mrs. Zielinski, let us perform our plays for the class and sometimes, the whole school! At age 13, I began writing a column for teens for my hometown newspaper in Kent, WA. The column soon turned into a quarterly magazine. After earning a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, I became a television news reporter and weather forecaster, first for KAPP TV in Yakima, WA then for KREM TV in Spokane, WA.
I got my first book contract from Scholastic to write a four-book weather series for middle grades. A few years later, I published my first fiction series, Julep O'Toole (Penguin). Since then, I have published more than 100 fiction and nonfiction titles. For a complete list of my books, as well as an official author bio, click on the links in the Media Kit below. It's a highlight of my career to be the first author to publish fiction for National Geographic!
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