See that dorky looking girl?
Thatís me in the 5th grade. Thatís the year I read every
in my elementary school library. I loved fiction, too,
but it was thrilling for me to learn about the
accomplishments of real-live people like Eleanor
Roosevelt, Jesse Owens and Babe Dickerson. I still love
to read, but I now have slightly better hair than I did
I grew up on a farm in Iowa in a family with a younger,
beautiful sister, a younger, mischievous brother, and
two loving parents. We had a few cows and hogs and
nearly every type of ďhobbyĒ livestock you can imagine,
from rabbits and ducks to homing pigeons (I donít
remember ever releasing the pigeons to see if they could
find their way home).
Iíve wanted to be a writer forever. As a third grader, I
started a newspaper for the kids on my school bus. From
there, I went on to become editor of my junior high,
high school, and college newspapers. I studied
journalism at the University of Iowa, where my husband,
Mitch, and I fell in love during a snowball fight (he
has horrible aim).
My first job out of college was Ė you guessed it Ė as a
newspaper reporter. Since then, Iíve written for all
sorts of magazines and newspapers about hundreds of
different topics. My jobs have allowed me to do some
incredibly cool things, like ride an elephant and
compete on the game show ďWheel of Fortune.Ē
2003, I wrote my first nonfiction book for young
readers. In the years since, Iíve written more than two
dozen books on topics ranging from wild ponies to Cy
Young-winning pitchers to red-hot pop stars. Iím also
working on some fiction projects and hope youíll be able
to find those in your library soon.
I now live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and
our kids: Eve and Eli. I share an office with a
rambunctious Airedale terrier named Iris. I love what I
do and I promise you this:
Iíll keep writing if youíll keep reading!