I am the American half of our Japanese-American family. I spend about a month each summer at my in-laws’ house in rural Japan with my children. I started as a journalist, so it is no surprise that my young adult books contain a lot of fact to go along with the fiction. Whether you want to know about Japan (TANABATA WISH), the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 (BREATHE), what it's like to be an Olympic-caliber skater (EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN'T), or how unscripted television works (FAKING REALITY), I like to take readers on a swoony journey to unusual places. I'm passionate about literacy and supporting the next generation of writers. If you go to anime cons in Arizona, you may also see me as my alter ego, The Obento Lady.
I am represented by Ann Rose of the Prospect Agency.
EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN'T was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2020.