I'm 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 family. So it will be no surprise that I’ve written about Japanese culture and raising bicultural kids for such magazines as APPLESEEDS, LEARNING THROUGH HISTORY, EAST WEST, RAISING ARIZONA KIDS, and MOTHERING, as well as, writing travel-related articles for the book TO JAPAN WITH LOVE. In April 2017, I released my first YA contemporary novel TANABATA WISH, which is (no surprise) set in Japan. My second book BREATHE, a YA historical fiction novel set in 1918 Philadelphia, launches in July 2018. I have been a professional freelance writer and creative writing teacher for over a decade. Along with school visits, I have done presentations for SCBWI-Arizona, SCBWI-Japan, Girl Scouts, Desert Rose Chapter RWA, ONEBOOKAZ, TechPHX, Phoenix Comicon, and at several anime/manga/Japanese culture conventions. I'm passionate about literacy and supporting the next generation of writers.
I am represented by Rebecca Angus, Golden Wheat Literary.