Nancy is an author-illustrator and educator originally from Vancouver, Canada, now based in San Diego, California. She is an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), San Diego chapter. In 2020 she won San Diego SCBWI’s inaugural Diversity Award for Best Emerging Artist.
Nancy holds a PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, where she lectures on children and media. Before coming to San Diego she worked as a writer-illustrator in corporate communications and continued to hone her art skills through courses at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Nancy’s immigrant background and love of history inspired her to write her Master’s thesis on Chinese immigrant biography as a historical genre. It was published in The Chinese In America: A History from Gold Mountain to the Millennium (2002).
Nancy is also an accomplished classical pianist and an avid student of jazz. When not drawing or writing or teaching, she helps her daughter learn piano and enjoys playing her musical favorites, from Bach to bossa nova.