INSPIRED BY ALASKA
Thomas grew up in Arctic and Southeast Alaska and on a small farm on the Salish Sea. Her multicultural family blends indigenous and “outsider” traditions. To write her stories, Thomas draws on her lifelong roots in Alaska’s wilderness and rural communities and what her elders and nature taught her firsthand.
Thomas studies prolifically for her work — arctic salt marsh oil spills, cultural diversity, history, nature, biology. She’s lived and worked worked overseas, and now lives in Seattle. She flies home to Nome often to visit beloved family and climb the high hills.