I'm a children's author and former environmental attorney inspired by oceans, kraken, ghost crabs, and cephalopods. I write middle grade novels and picture books and dabble in illustration.
Some of my works include Manatee's Best Friend (forthcoming from Scholastic 2021); A Morning with Grandpa, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee and Low Books 2016); a spidery poem in Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, edited by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Marlena Myles (Lerner Books 2019); a creative memoir essay in Potomac Review (2018); and art and infographics in Huffington Post, Oceana, and World Wildlife Fund.
I grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, went to Yale College and Harvard Law School, and was lucky to do what I loved for over a decade, protecting the oceans at the U.S. Department of Justice and the non-profit group Oceana. Now I'm even luckier, spinning stories for kids. I live in Virginia Beach with my husband, two daughters, and a hypoallergenic cat, and I volunteer with the Virginia Aquarium to help stranded sea turtles.