I grew up in Mexico City and Southern California. Although I wrote for adults for many years, I began to write for children after the birth of my daughters. I attended Vermont College and earned an MFA in Writing for Children. My first book, THE GOLD-THREADED DRESS, published by Candlewick, was a Booklist Top Ten Youth Novel of 2002. My second novel, SILK UMBRELLAS, was a Texas Bluebonnet nominee and Booklist Top Ten Art Novel of 2003. Since then, I've published many more award-winning middle grade and YA novels with Candlewick, Viking, and Carolrhoda, almost all with multicultural/historical themes. I live in California with my Thai husband and two half-Thai daughters.
MEXICO, JUPITER, SUBMARINE: How I Became a Writer
Exploding volcanoes! Harrowing escapes! Ouija Boards and Gong Gong on Jupiter. UFOs, auras, and fairies. Jules Verne’s submarine, under the sea and on Mars. The Beatles as a Communist plot. And the way all of this led to my resplendent writing career.
THE CREATION PROCESS
As I began MEXICO, JUPITER, SUBMARINE, I tumbled into the unknown. With big pieces of paper, scraps of this and that, found objects, cheap paint, and glue, I set out to write and illustrate my odyssey. I loved the trial-and-error, the feeling of free fall. What I created made me laugh.
HOW TO GET IT
MEXICO, JUPITER, SUBMARINE is available in the i-Books for your Apple device.
EVERY MILE A MIRACLE is the story of how I brought a crazy Dutch Land Rover from the Central American country of Belize, through Mexico with a Category 5 hurricane in pursuit, and into the US. Below are some of these panels.
COUNTRIES I HAVE VISITED AS AN ADULT:
Taiwan (airport only)
Japan (airport only)
Korea (airport only)
OTHER COUNTRIES I VISITED AS A CHILD:
NINE THINGS I LOVE TO DO:
1. Play with my dogs and cats
2. Hang out with my family
3. Boogie board in the ocean
4. Paint and do collage
6. Read great books
7. Take long walks by the beach
8. Travel to exotic places
*Pomona College, Claremont, CA
*University of Colorado, Boulder (BA in Philosophy)
*Prescott College, Tucson, AZ (Elementary Teaching Credential)
*Vermont College, Montpelier (MFA in Writing for Children)
PLACES I'VE LIVED
Newport Beach, CA
Laguna Beach, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Del Mar, CA
La Jolla, CA
Santa Fe, NM
New York City
JOBS I'VE HAD:
elementary and preschool teacher
I love to paint. Here are some of my paintings.