Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brenda now lives in Portland, Oregon with her adorable black lab and boyfriend. She graduated from Brandeis with a BA in Fine Arts. She continued her education at Lesley University, graduating with a MEd. in Early Childhood Education. A lifelong bilingual Spanish educator, she currently works as a reading interventionist in the Spanish Immersion program. She loves anything outdoors: running, biking, hiking, climbing and backpacking. While she eats very healthy and loves her garden, chocolate is one of her loves. When she is not teaching, writing, creating art or cooking you may find her in a toy store looking for a unique superball to add to her collection.