Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Iowa and Wisconsin
What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
I met author Vicki Cobb through a mutual friend. She was interested in my art and thought it would be fun to do a book together. That resulted in the Imagine Living Here series of 7 non-fiction books published by Walker and Co.
Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
I had a fabulous childhood and my work is very much influenced by the fact that I grew up in a family of women after my father died when I was 13.
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Practice, Practice Practice. Hone your craft to the best it can be.