Welcome to my website…





Thanks for stopping in. I am a nonfiction writer, specializing in animals. I LOVE it, and am very lucky to be a working writer. You might be wondering how I became a nonfiction writer.

When I was a kid I loved watching fireflies blink and light up dark nights with their secret messages. I never dreamed that some day I’d be in a deep sea submersible watching ocean animals flashing and glowing…or that I’d be lucky enough to spend time with penguins, watch a whale being born, release a rescued and rehabilitated seal, or kayak with sharks.  I certainly never dreamed that  I’d be lucky enough to write about all those animals and experiences! Animals, the ocean, nature, science, and discovering as much as I can about each — that’s what I love. I’m fortunate enough to have a job that lets me discover more every day and share those discoveries with kids.
Fun Announcements:  I have four new books coming out this year! Plus, I’m still having a blast writing for National Geographic Little Kids Magazine.

Oh baby! My next two books for a younger audience will be out February 21: BIG CATS and LOOK OUTSIDE. Both board books are beautiful and part of the fantastic National Geographic Kids Look and Learn series for babies, toddlers and early preschoolers.Check out Books and Articles to find my most recent books and articles.

For kids who love the ocean, my two books MISSION SHARK RESCUE and EVERYTHING SHARKS (both by National Geographic Kids) are excellent books to discover more about amazing sharks and find ways you can help save them.

Last April, the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network highlighted me as part of their S.T.E.A.M. Powered: Profiles in Science, Creativity and Exploration.  This multi-part series features five women who are at the tops of their fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.


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