Big News!

Cabin Creek #10 is now available in paperback and for Kindle! You can view it by clicking here


I'm currently working on the 11th Cabin Creek and can't wait to share it with you.




Below are most of my available books. Click on any cover to learn more!


Longhand: My Memoir

After publishing more than 30 children's books with Scholastic, Harcourt and Holiday House, I have published Longhand: The Rise and Fall and Rise of My Career as a Children's Author. In this memoir, I expand my story-telling and love of the written word, using excerpts from letters and journals that have been kept since childhood.

I've jotted a few memories from writing for the Los Angeles Times and also Scholastic, the world's largest children's book publisher: the rejections, heartbreak, joys, and beloved editors. My privileged career has been intertwined with motherhood, the richest adventure of all. The most common question readers ask is, 'Where do you get your ideas?' so herein lie the answers. I hope these behind-the-scenes of book writing might inspire writers starting out and those who love the magic of words.





I'm very excited to be self-publishing now after more than 25 years with traditional publishers. I've chronicled my journey (and other oddities) on my blog.