About Me




Here are some facts about me. In addition to writing books for children, I am a classical violinist and teacher.

As a child, I listened to classical records on my parent’s 1960’s turntable and fell in love with the soaring sound of the violins. The “Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite remains a favorite to this day. Shortly after I discovered Tchaikovsky’s music, I attended the original Disney Fantasia movie, where I was mesmerized by images of violin bows as they moved in shadowy unison across the big screen. I came home from that movie and begged my parents for violin lessons.

My first full size violin was my grandfather’s fiddle. (And it had a spider in it when it was taken down from my parents’ attic!)

I currently teach students of all ages to play the violin and the viola through the University of Idaho Preparatory Division and perform in the first violin section of the Washington-Idaho Symphony. I write books for kids that are inspired by my experiences as a professional musician.


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