I grew up in Oyster Bay, Long Island, not far from the ocean. As a child, I enjoyed exploring the woods and the seashore—and I still do.
I attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio. After graduating with an English degree, I worked in book publishing. I also have a M.S. degree in library science from Columbia University and have worked in public and academic libraries.
I was inspired to write Seahorses and Sea Dragons after a visit to a seahorse exhibit at the Baltimore Aquarium.
I couldn’t find a book that captured the beauty of these unique animals, so I decided to write one. That book became the first book in the Undersea Encounters series.
I enjoyed doing the research for these books. I have traveled with my family to see whales off Virginia Beach, seals off Cape Cod, and orcas off British Columbia. We swam a few feet away from sea turtles in Hawaii, and watched a sea turtle lay her eggs at night on a beach in Florida. At tide pools by the ocean, on both coasts, we’ve seen hermit crabs, sea anemones, and sea stars.
Recently, I have also become interested in frogs, toads, and other amphibians. I write a blog, with graphic designer Susan Newman, called Frogs Are Green concerning the worldwide amphibian decline. We hope to spread the message that saving frogs means saving the Earth. Hop on over and take a look.
I hope that after reading my books and blog, you will want to learn more about animals, and may want to see them in the wild or in zoos and aquariums. What is your favorite animal?