Margaret is the author of 10 books for kids and adults. She may not particularly look it, but she is half Japanese. (You can see it now, can’t you?). She lives in the southern California area with her family. In February 2020, she was Zion National Park’s Artist-in-Residence, hanging out in Zion for a whole month without Internet. That coupled with the fact she used to teach middle school makes her one of the toughest people alive (this is where a laugh-cry emoji would be inserted).
When she’s not writing fiction, she’s probably on stage at an improv show, writing/filming sketch comedy, or thinking about doing one of the three. Evidence:
She may also be found hiking with her fluffy Goldendoodle, Gatsby, or wrangling her evil cat, Elektra, who is probably sabotaging this very wiohtaio348y pwotjpajwtpaj STOP IT ELEKTRA sheesh
(BTW Elektra is not named after the comic book character but Elektra in the Greek play by Sophocles, because Margaret’s children are just that kind of nerdy)
There is another cat, Daisy, who is basically like a marshmallow with legs. Daisy hates everyone except Margaret’s oldest daughter.
A Longer Bio
Margaret started writing stories back in kindergarten and won all sorts of writing honors, including the National Teachers of English Writing Award, and was a California State Summer School for the Arts scholar.
She majored in Studio Art at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, getting a well-rounded humanities education. Why isn’t Margaret a visual artist?
One of her professors told her she was a TERRIBLE writer, thereby making Margaret vow TO SHOW HIM….she abandoned art and proceeded to get many paid jobs as a writer (journalist/contributing editor for a newspaper, technical writer, marketing writer) AND sell the aforementioned books. Final Score: Margaret: 10. Professor, 0.
(She didn’t really abandon art, she just stopped making it after college)
Margaret writes frequently about the intersections of race, class, and invisible disabilities, working sensitive and weighty topics in with her signature humorous style.