I am primarily a nonfiction writer with over 600 sales to my credit. In addition to my books:
- I’ve written crafts, classroom activities, and science fair projects (Education.com and various Gryphon House anthologies).
- I’ve written for magazines (Writer’s Digest, Ladybug, READ, and Young Equestrian).
- I’ve written articles on writing (Children’s Writer, CBI, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Writer’s Market, and more).
Although I didn’t always want to write, I was a devoted reader even when I could only look at the pictures. My father had to beat me to the National Geographic because I would disappear with it. Once I could read? I read during spelling tests. I read at family events. Sunday afternoon at my Grandma’s? If I wasn’t watching a funny movie with Bumpa or feeding a Hereford through the back fence (Grandma was sure it would bite my hand off), I was reading.
But I was always curious. That’s what my friends call it. My mother said I was nosey. Tomato potato. I was the kid who wanted to know how things worked, why people did this and not that, and whether or not there was a fossil under that rock. That one. Right there!
I went to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. After working in archaeology for a while, I went back to school to study history. I wanted to know about how people lived.
While I was in graduate school, I had a huge epiphany and called my mom. I wanted to be a writer. Her response? “It’s about time you figured it out.” Ah, well. At least, I finally got here.
10 Facts about Me
Stray animals find me. We’re talking one kitten, at least a dozen dogs, and a horse.
Marvel or DC? Marvel.
Star Wars or Star Trek? Firefly. Although I like the other two as well.
Nicknames. Family – Bones. Friends – Professor.
Ketchup or mustard? Mustard. Unless there’s chili.
Favorite color. Blue. No purple. Sometimes grey.
Mountains or beach. Mountains. Alpine desert is the best.
Kryptonite? I have no poker face. None.
My sign? Pooka.
If I couldn’t write? Maybe someone would finally pay me to read.