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Author Pix & Bio

Every once in awhile, I manage to receive a REAL "buss" (KISS) from Lafayette! This one took place at the Charlton Historical Society/American Friends of Lafayette commemoration of Lafayette's visit at the Rider Tavern in September, 1824! (Lafayette is portrayed by actor Ben Goldman.) I'm dressed in 1820s attire for a short speech I made at this event. Such fun!

I earned a BA in English at Carleton College and an MA in Education at the University of New Mexico. I have one husband, three kids and six grandsons (whom I put in my Izzy Elf stories). I have lived all over the U.S., as well as in Holland and Brazil. I have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, tutored refugees in ESL, taught junior high and high school English, and written grant proposals for arts organization.

For a number of years, I was a singer/actress in amateur and professional companies. (As a mezzo, I usually lost the hero to the soprano.) I have been having fun putting all my old (somewhat rusty) skills to work with video blogs, audio recordings of songs from the stories, audio book recordings etc.

Here I am in my 1825-style dress, created by Gay Bean for me to wear to the launch party for A Buss From Lafayette

I signed books at the Manchester Barnes and Noble store, 1741 South Willow Street Manchester, NH. My "Fiddlers Two", Sienna and Sara Larson, came with me to play tunes featured in the book, as well as other music from the era

I was part of the Teen Book Festival at Barnes & Noble, 235 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH. Thanks for the invitation to participate!

Celebrating when Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elfwon the Red City Review Award!
A fun interview with Kevin Avard on the Gate City Chronicles television program.

Frizzy and I climbed aboard this sleigh, similar to the one in which Dizzy stowed away!

Here I am helping to lay a wreath on the Lafayette memorial on Boston Common on Lafayette Day, 2017!
A Buss from Lafayette was the Literary Classics gold medalist in the Middle School Historical Fiction category. This is the first wearable award I have ever won!
The new statue of Lafayette in conference with Washington and De Grasse on the Yorktown, Virginia, waterfront was unveiled in October, 2017! To learn the small part my husband and I played in bringing this about, check out my blog post through the link below.
Trying to "buss" (kiss) the new statue of Lafayette after it was unveiled!
Here I am with Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette, before making speeches at Lafayette School, Everett, MA.
At Lafayette School in Everett, MA, with John Kelly, dressed as a French soldier at the time of the Revolution, and Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette.

My "Artistic Mission"


I recently came across something I wrote for my Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators listing, for which I was asked to state my "artistic mission". I don't usually think of what I do in such elevated terms, but when I re-read what I put on the SCBWI website, it rang true. Here it is:


My goal is to write entertaining stories that do not "talk down" to young readers. I try to provide a glimpse of history or fantasy in ways that appeal to a child's intelligence and sense of humor. By doing this, I hope to hook kids on our fascinating national history, and to help them gain an appreciation for playing with words.