I spent much of my childhood in a canoe or sailboat, exploring the creek behind my house in Virginia. When the tide was right and a thunderstorm wasn’t brewing, I could follow that creek to the James River and glimpse the Chesapeake Bay.
When I wasn’t on the water, I was often climbing trees, playing piano, or reading and acting out Nancy Drew mysteries with friends.
Today, I am a children’s book author and journalist living in Indiana. I love to discover amazing true stories and share them with readers. Most often, I write about science, technology, and people involved in those fields. My book for grades 4-8 on a popular computer issue will be released later this year, and my first picture book will be released in 2021. I have written many articles for national children’s magazines on topics including bionic limbs, cell phone addiction, and the physics of snowflakes.
Between my childhood in Virginia and my current life in the Midwest, I worked on an archaeological dig in France, earned degrees in English and environmental science, and moved to the mountains of Vermont. I studied environmental law at Vermont Law School and wrote a book about the state’s controversial land-use law (Act 250). When I graduated, I worked as an environmental consultant, helping companies comply with laws that protect the land and water around us.
Eventually, my husband and I moved to a historic town in Indiana and began raising three children. I spent many hours reading with them, delighting in the adventures of Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, Hank the Cowdog, the Cobblestone Cousins, and characters from classics like Rabbit Hill, Soup, and The Saturdays. As I rediscovered the joy of children’s literature, I decided to write for children.
I’m curious about lots of things, from music and art to botany and history. I like to explore the abstract and the analytical, to link the poetic and the precise. When those things overlap, I find magical moments of wonder.
When I’m not writing, I give piano lessons, take walks with friends, and volunteer at church and school. I still love to paddle a canoe when I get the chance.