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 was 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.
In addition to authoring more than a dozen titles I am an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature (ICL), a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Rochester Area Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (RACWI),and iNK THINK TANK.
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!