Ever since I was a very little girl, I have loved reading books. Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, and Little Women, were among my very favorites. I also loved reading anything about gymnastics or dancing, especially A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz.
My to-read pile always included biographies. 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 nonfiction books for young readers when I make author visits to libraries and classrooms. 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 in the garden with my family, two rescue dogs, and a flock of silly chickens.
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