Nancy draws and writes in sunny 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 Diversity Award for Best Emerging Artist.
Nancy is originally from Vancouver, Canada. She came to San Diego to pursue her PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she lectures on children and media. Prior to her doctoral studies, Nancy’s immigrant background and love of history inspired her to write her Master’s thesis on Chinese immigrant stories as told by themselves through memoirs and autobiographies. 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.