Growing up, I was always writing, but I never imagined being a writer. For many years I thought I would work with animals. I imagined being Jane Goodall, but I was afraid of what I might find in the jungles of Africa. I thought about being a veterinarian, but I couldn’t imagine sticking my hand up a horse’s…, well, you know.

I ended up studying electrical engineering and spent 15 years writing software – the instructions that tell computers what to do. The computers I worked on were buried inside things like submarines, telephones, and airplanes. When I got married and had kids, I read lots of books for children. Then I started thinking about writing books of my own.

I have now written over 20 books for kids of all ages. I have ideas for a gazillion more.

When I’m not writing, I’m usually either researching my family history (genealogy) or exploring the outdoors. [In the picture below, you can see me crossing a bridge in one of my favorite outdoor places – the Franklin Parker Preserve in the Pine Barrens of my home state, New Jersey.]

The author crossing a rough-hewn wooden bridge over water. Pine trees in the background.

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~