I wrote and illustrated my first book in grade 2 about an adventurous horse named Monty. I collected all 56 original Nancy Drew books and read every single book in the library about horses and detectives. I haven't stopped reading or writing since (though that was the end of my illustrating career).
At university, I studied sociology and English literature, then environmental planning. Most of my university years were spent reading, researching and writing (and drinking coffee, too!). Afterward, I spent more than 10 years working for non-profit organizations writing content to persuade and inspire people to donate money to worthy causes like enforcing laws to help our environment and our health, and making sure people have safe places to live and enough healthy food to eat.
Now I get to research topics I love and write both non-fiction and fiction books for kids. It's pretty much my dream gig.
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