Her first children's book was Different Just Like Me (Charlesbridge, 1999) which she also authored. Lori appeared on Oprah!, and The Today Show in connection with Different Just Like Me, which was highly acclaimed (American Booksellers Association Kids Pick of the Lists 1999, Read America! Collection 1999, Best Children's Fiction, San Diego Book Awards 1999, Early Childhood News Directors' Choice 2000, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People for 2000, chosen as Best Children's Book, San Diego Magazine Book Awards 2000, selected as Outstanding by the Parent Council, Fall, 1999). She also works as an editorial and advertising illustrator. Lori lives in San Diego, California.