Ten random facts about me:

  1. I have a rescue cat named Tux who likes to sit on shoes.
  2. I can sing the alphabet backwards.
  3. I studied Spanish and Russian in college. Hola and Privet!
  4. I am anosmic, which means I can’t smell. When I want to know if something stinks, I ask my husband to smell it. (He’s a very good sport.)
  5. I have a big box of diaries and journals dating back to first grade. If you ever want to know what I was doing on January 2, 1976, I can tell you!
  6. I know how to mix cement and lay block, having helped build a cement wall around a Jamaican orphanage when I was fifteen.
  7. I love to make and eat potato pancakes and homemade applesauce with my twin daughters, Leah and Chloe.
  8. I was the math fact champion of my fifth grade class.
  9. It took me six-and-a-half hours to read the final Harry Potter book—in one sitting.
  10. The first and last time I ate shrimp brains was in Malaga, Spain.

Favorite topics (fiction and nonfiction) that I’ve written about:

  • Rearing and tagging Monarch butterflies
  • Four baby robins in a nest outside my bedroom window
  • How corn mazes are made
  • Kids who’ve helped others in creative ways
  • A skunk who sprayed his friends by mistake
  • Goldilocks going to Fear Camp
  • A girl who, with the help of magic, helped her father return safely home
  • A pair of brother-sister unicyclists
  • People with interesting occupations–like a crayon artist, a professional fisherman, and a braille transcriber

Favorite books, old and new:

  • The Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Alvin Fernald series by Clifford B. Hicks
  • The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald
  • Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield
  • Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
  • The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald
  • Two on an Island by Bianca Bradbury
  • Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
  • The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier