I am a teacher and author from Winnipeg, Canada. I am currently teaching grade 8, but have also been a Teacher-Librarian and Kindergarten teacher, which is where I got my inspiration for my first picture book, 'Teaching Mrs. Muddle'.
My previous books include Silver Birch (Ontario), Rocky Mountain (Alberta), Red Cedar (BC), SYRCA Willow (Saskatchewan), Hackmatack (Maritimes), Great Stone Face (New Hampshire) and High Plains (Montana) Book Award nominee, Harvey Comes Home; Governor General's Award nominee, Harvey Holds His Own; White Pine nominee and Schwartz Award winner, Sadia, and MYRCA, Willow and High Plains Award nominee, Spin. As an avid MG and YA reader, I am involved in a number of literacy initiatives, such as the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, MG Lit Online Book Club and the Canadian Childrens Book Center. Over the years, I have lived in New York and Japan, but the pull of the prairies brought me back to Winnipeg.
I have two teen-age boys and three step-children. After years of negotiations, we recently added a dog to our family, a West Highland Terrier named Rosie. When not writing or teaching, I like to run, read, travel and cheer my boys on at sporting events. A few other things I like: chocolate, beating my husband at Scrabble, tulips and watching Rosie chase squirrels.