I vividly remember my first basketball camp.
I was five years old. The coach had us lie on our backs, with a basketball in our hands. We were supposed to practice the proper backspin by using our newly learned shooting form to toss the ball into the air. The bright orange ball — with it’s tiny indents and thick black lines — was bigger than my head. But, when it left the palm of my hand and sailed through the air, and the orange and black blurred together as it spun backwards above my face, I felt a jolt of energy.
It was, quite simply, the most exciting thing in the world.
Following that excitement wherever it would take me, I have played, coached, and administrated basketball every since.
This high-interest, low-vocab story had me hooked from the beginning … Readers can see why it’s hard to make the right choice at all times, but also how the rewards are greater in the end for doing the right thing.- Canadian Teacher, for Tough Call
I played varsity women’s basketball at the University of British Columbia for five years. During my time at UBC, I was a multi-year academic all Canadian, was named Canadian CIS National Rookie of the Year, was awarded the MVP of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Tournament, and was named UBC’s Female Athlete of the Year. I went on to play two years of professional basketball in Sweden. Returning to Canada, I have coached girls’ and women’s basketball for over ten years, including a seven-year tenure as the Head Coach of Vancouver’s Native Education College Women’s team. I am also a Director for Basketball British Columbia.
“A slam dunk for girls who love sports, and an excellent example of diversity without flag-waving.”- Jeanne Fredriksen Booklist, for Pick and Rolll
Drawing from these experiences and my research (because, of course!), I write young adult novels that combine basketball action with stories about setting goals, handling disappointment, and navigating old and new friendships. My books have been recognized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the American Library Guild.