I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, in a multicultural household. I’m half Indian and half German, so I sometimes felt a bit different from other kids. But, this also meant I got to live in three cultures at once – German, Indian and American. I got to hear stories from all three: Indian folktales, the European fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen and The Brothers Grimm, and the piles of American and English books I was always reading.
All these influences inspired my childhood self to want to do two things: live in a magic forest and be neighbors with a wood-witch, and fly away with everyone I loved in a magic balloon.
Over the years, I’ve lived in lots of interesting places – D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, France. I also lived for quite a while in Austin, Texas, where I was an English and creative writing professor. I loved helping my students discover the magic of storytelling.
I’ve written many books for children, and illustrate picture books as well. I hold a Master’s Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a Master’s Degree in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University. When I’m not writing or drawing, I’m exploring the beautiful country of England, where I now live.