Thank you for checking out my website--a work in progress as, I believe, our lives are. Here's an introduction to my life, my work in progress.

I grew up in Juneau, Alaska, in a house filled with music and books. When I left high school, I attended Antioch College, traveled and worked around the country, studied at colleges in San Diego, lived in Greece, and ultimately settled back in Juneau. My husband, Jim Fowler, is a landscape painter (www.jimfowler.us) and book illustrator (seven of my books plus seven others). We have two grown daughters, two grandchildren, and a large, floppy dog.

I write for kids and adults. When I look at my published works, I see how many of them are about connections - friends, family. I also realize that while much of my work isn't specific to Alaska, the fact that I have lived most of my life close to the natural world informs my perspective on life. The rhythms of nature, changes in season, weather, the relationships between things, are all frequent themes in my books, essays and poetry.

For a little of the personal story behind each of my books, click on the titles to the left or go to the Books page and click on the titles. For review quotes, also, see the Books page. For a smattering of poetry or essays, please see the Poems and Essays section.

I am available to do school and library visits. Please e-mail me about scheduling and rates.

And thank you for taking a look at my website.