|Introduction||Random globetrotting Californian who spent five years in Scotland, wandered a while in Iceland, is learning Dutch and Spanish, and who has no idea where she lives now. MFA English & Creative Writing, Mills College, Oakland, 2004... 2010 Coretta Scott King Award Honoree for MARE'S WAR (still surprised by this). Third publication with Knopf Books for Young Readers: HAPPY FAMILIES, May 2012, fourth publication PEAS & CARROTS, 2016. Fifth publication, SERENA SPEAKS OUT forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books, 2020, and one more tbd, 2021. I believe the unexamined life isn't worth it, so I examine everything in excruciatingly detail, obsessive... or "thoughtful," to make it sound less sketchy. Reflective, gregariously introverted, happy being left alone to observe, read and write...|
|Interests||young adult fiction, music, eating, cooking vegetarian, gardening, teas, doodling, clay sculpture, world religions, philosophy, linguistics, etymology, languages|
|Favorite Music||Choral or classical, but also... Lost in the Trees, Elbow, Fiona Apple, Freshly Ground, The Innocence Project, and other Jules or NPR-introduced awesome.|
|Favorite Books||Inclusive YA/MG fic, specfic & urban fantasy, the Work of Sir Terry Pratchett!, cozy mysteries, romances, whatever random book I pick up, mental_floss magazine, the OED.|
Lionesses have no manes. How do they know when they've grown up?
The first time they take down a tofutti-beast alone.