Bio


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I create stuff, mostly for kids. I'm inspired by oceans, aliens, bunnies, cephalopods, and more. 
I made art growing up in Venezuela, took studio classes as an undergraduate, and continued to find creative outlets while working at my first career in environmental law. I was lucky enough to do what I loved, protecting the oceans at the U.S. Department of Justice and the non-profit group Oceana. Now I'm even luckier to be painting, writing and drawing for kids. 

I was selected the 2013 New Voices Award winner and my debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books) is available now.  

I help run Kidlit411, a resource website for kid lit authors and illustrators, named by Writers Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers.

Ican be found elsewhere on the nets:
  • Kidlit411 (kidlit resource website I help run)


Juried exhibits:


New Waves 2012 Exhibit, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Spring 2012)


Selected Interviews

18 Ideas for a Successful Book Launch - guest post at Writer's Digest  (Dec. 2016)

A Morning with Grandpa Blog Tour - a 13-stop blog tour beginning (April 2016)

Katie Davis's Brain Burps Podcast - Elaine Kiely Kearns and I talk about Kidlit411 (August 2014)

Kidlit 411 Interview with Elaine Kiely Kearns and Sylvia Liu - Writer's Rumpus interviews us about our kidlit resource site (June 2014)

Picture a Book with Yvonne Mes - Australian author Yvonne Mes asks me about the Lee and Low award (Feb 2014)

Miss Marple's Musings - Joanna Marple asks me about my illustrations (Sept. 2013)







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