Yes, those are deer behind me as I write. They were eating the birdseed I had scattered on the porch during an unusual cold-spell one winter not long ago. My husband, two cats, and I live half-time on Whidbey Island, in the Puget Sound, and half-time in Seattle. We're fortunate to be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, rural and urban.
I love animals, and my writing reflects that. My stories tell of how young people step up to save animals threatened by our modern civilization.
I majored in Creative Writing at Stanford, but didn't start writing seriously until the year 2000. One day I received a post-card in the mail, announcing the Whidbey Island Writer's Conference. I looked at the card and thought, "This conference is for writers. Why did they send it to me?" My next thought was, "why am I not a writer? I have a story in my head that's begging to be told." That night after work (I'd been a computer professional for several decades), I went up to my office and started writing Island of the Ghost Bear. In 2008, I was able to retire from my computer career to concentrate on writing young adult fiction.
My joy in life is my family, especially watching my grandchildren grow into fascinating and competent individuals.