Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Nancy now lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She is an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), San Diego chapter. In March 2020, Nancy won San Diego SCBWI’s inaugural Diversity Award for Best Emerging Artist, a grant to support expanding diversity in children’s literature.
Nancy holds a PhD in Communication from the University of San Diego, California (UCSD), where she lectures on children and media. But her passion for writing and illustrating stories came well before her professional life. As a child she spent untold hours drawing and writing tales to amuse herself.
Nancy has worked as a writer and illustrator in corporate communications and as a communications consultant to tech start-ups. At that time she continued to hone her skills through studio courses at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver.
Before she became a communication expert, Nancy studied history. Her immigrant background drew her to the history of Chinese immigrants in North America. Nancy’s Master’s thesis explored Chinese American and Canadian biography as a historical genre. Her findings were published in The Chinese In America: A History from Gold Mountain to the Millenium (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.