Stories enchant me, and the people behind those stories. I like nothing better than sitting with old or new friends, eating a pizza in Firenze or goat stew from a communal pot in Namibia, and listening to their stories. If you love people, you love stories! Words and language(s) have captivated me since learning to read… I remember as a very young child learning the word penultimate (watching Apollo 11 in 1969) and immediately wanting to incorporate it into a story. I love how the same word in a different language can carry a different nuance, why some things just sound better in say Italian or Dutch to me.
The stories I read as a child, like SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS and RING OF BRIGHT WATER drew me into a world of adventure and animals in which I was the hero and survived. On graduating from university with degrees in anthropology and education, I began to pursue what at the time I felt was my permanent destiny, humanitarian work in developing nations. For years I thought that I would eventually form my escapades across the continents into some novels à la Theroux, so I surprised myself when the notion to write picture books began to ferment in my thoughts, as school librarian a few years ago in an international school in Southern France. I am at present splitting my writing between picture books and contemporary YA, working on my craft and learning from peers and professionals. I want to enjoy every moment of this journey and am discovering that the fiction I am creating is taking me on a path of unexpected self discovery. I published my first picture book, WINTER GAMES, on May 7, 2012, with the eBook platform, uTales.
I have worked on five continents – from development projects and training to language teaching and librarianship. My interests are as varied as my work experience, but include: a passion for the natural world, a fascination with other cultures and languages and an appreciation of all forms of storytelling (written/theatre/music/art/oral). My desire is to weave stories for children that will celebrate the diversity of life across the globe and the wonder of the natural and creative world in which we live! As of the summer of 2013, I moved after 13 fabulous years with quirky cats and friends in Nice to complete my MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University, New York. I start a new job as a high school librarian at the French/American School of Mamaroneck in September 2015.
Ten things I like: friendship, laughing, mountain hikes, motorbikes, scrabble, sailing, animals, simplicity, silence.
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