I love words, the music they make, their personalities and scents and textures. Words are like Sendak’s Wild Things, each clamoring for their own Rumpus. I love creating stories by taming a few of those wild and wily words, and I love inspiring others to explore their own creativity. I’m author of the picture books, Halloween Good Night (Atheneum), Violet and the Woof (HarperCollins), and A Year With Mama Earth (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers). You can find cyber-me on Instagram, Facebook, and on my website. The real me lives in rural Michigan with my husband, six children, two cats, and an ever-growing litter of dust bunnies. On any given day I might be spotted hiking to the mailbox, playing freeze-tag in the yard, or sneaking a handful of chocolate chips from the cupboard (my favorite treat!).