Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved being outdoors and learning about nature. And more than anything, I have always loved to read! Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, and Little Women, were among my very favorite stories.
As for nonfiction? I checked out each and every biography on the shelves of the library at the Thomas V. Nash School in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the town where I grew up. Stories about real people fascinated me, and they still do!
I still love books as much as I ever did, especially now that I get to write them.
Did you know that people sneeze at 100 miles (161 km) per hour? Or that brown-headed cowbirds trick other mama birds into hatching and raising their babies? Or that there is a ship in the U.S. Navy where things are supposed to go wrong? (It's used to train new sailors!)
I get to talk about all sorts of fun and interesting things that I've learned while writing books for young readers when I make author visits to libraries and classrooms.
Also, I used to teach literature and writing at a university not far from my home near Providence, Rhode Island, and I still love teaching online and giving webinars on creative and academic writing.
When I'm not reading, writing, or teaching, I spend time hanging out at home with my family and two silly rescue dogs.
"ALL things great are wound up with all things little."