I grew up with four older brothers, dogs, cats, snakes and even a porcupine. My father was a high school science teacher and my mother is a children's writer -- Margery Facklam.
Did I always want to be a writer? No. Although I loved to write and read, I dreamed of being a scientist. But I could never decide what kind of scientist to be. I went to college and earned my Masters degree in anthropology (the study of people and cultures). I didn't start writing until after my daughter was born.
Because I love true stories, I write mostly nonfiction. The best part of being a nonfiction writer is that I don't have to choose just one subject to write about. I can spend a year learning about bones and bodies from forensic specialists, and then hang out with marine mammal veterinarians or virus hunters.
I live with my husband and two children in Middleport, NY near the banks of the historic Erie Canal. When I'm not writing, I like to walk with my dogs Lily and Bertie, sing in choir, sit and read with a cat on my lap, or travel with my family. But wherever I go, I am always on the lookout for a great true story!
A Family Adventure!
On August 5th we sang backup for Kenny Loggins! It was an awesome experience to sing on stage with a rock band.
(I'm on the far left next to my daughter Kate. My husband Fran and son Dan are in the back.)
Katie, Dan, Me and Fran on an Austrian Mountain
Singing with the Middleport Community Choir
Me in the Peruvian Amazon
My whole family at my parent's 50th anniversary in 1999