In kindergarten I drew a picture of what I wanted to be when I grew up: an artist and a farmer's wife. The farmer's wife part turned out to be a passing fancy. But not the artist part...

A lot of that I have to blame on my tattered childhood copy of Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I never tired of getting lost in those collages. I wanted to make worlds and stories like that too. So I tried! (See an example to the left).

As a grown up I still read lots of picture books (regular stacks from the library as tall as my drawing table). And I've relished a years-long steady habit of drawing and writing, filling countless sketchbooks and journals.

It's one of my greatest joys that all that hard work has come to fruition with my first picture book, The Elephant Hide-And-Seek Handbook, a tongue-in-cheek guide to aid elephants in improving their hide-and-seek skills, written by me and illustrated by Gladys Jose-Fabii, and scheduled for publication by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for Spring 2020.

I currently live in Bellingham, WA, in a century-old house full of color, books, pottery, art and music (or sometimes just noise). When you can't find me in my studio or at my writing desk, I might be on my porch looking out at the bay, eating yummy food made by my husband Bryce (he's a fabulous cook!), playing dinosaurs with my five-year-old Lars, or off paddleboarding with my sixth-grade son Oscar. Or I might be traveling the world; I'm a sucker for a good adventure.

Thanks for visiting my portfolio!

Quick Facts:

  • The Elephants’ Guide to Hide-and-Seek, written by Kjersten and illustrated by Gladys Jose-Fabii, a tongue-in-cheek guide to aid elephants in improving their hide-and-seek skills, planned for publication by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for spring 2020.

  • Winner 2016 SCBWI LA conference Most Promising Picture Book award for work-in-progress How To Build A Rocket Ship in 10 Easy Steps.

  • Cover art for the September 2016 Issue of Brain Teen Magazine.

  • Long-time SCBWI member: regularly attend conferences, retreats, lectures, and workshops.

  • Family lived in Malaysia from 2010 to 2012, son came home thinking the Northwest Washington forests should be full of elephants.

  • Served on the advisory committee for SCBWI Western Washington from 2006-2010 as a retreat coordinator and northern network coordinator.

  • Participated in 2009 SCBWI Nevada Mentor Program with Mentor Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster.

To purchase prints or handmade books please visit my etsy shop.

Represented by Clelia Gore at Martin Literary Management.