I learned to read at an early age, and because I loved books so much, I grew up wanting to write them. I've always been surrounded by a myriad of animals, which allowed me to realize the importance of nature in our lives, as well as the human-animal bond.
I've worked lots of places, all of which influenced my outlook on life and my writing. I've been a mother, zookeeper, veterinary assistant, racetrack groom, owner of a saddle shop and a native plant nursery, realtor and children's librarian, to name just a few.
I've also had some great adventures, including training for and riding my horse in the Tevis Cup, a 100 mile one-day endurance race through the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, and swimming across the Columbia River from Washington to Oregon.