I am the author of a new middle grade series for children ages 7 - 10 called The Adventures of Henry Whiskers. Books one and two were released in 2017, and book number three is rattling around in my brain right this minute.
I am the youngest of eight – a yours, mine and ours. Guess which one I am. Yup! Ours! The only ours, by the way, which makes all of them mine!!!
I am married and have three grown children, a tabby cat named Tigger and a golden retriever named Clover.
I have always loved babies and children. Maybe that’s because I was the baby in my large family and didn’t have anyone littler to play with or boss around. Whatever the reason, I grew up and got a degree in early childhood education. I never taught in a classroom, but I’ve raised three darn nice children of my own (If I do say so myself.) and started a children’s museum (with lots of help). Maybe you’ve heard of it: Stepping Stones Museum for Children. It’s in Norwalk, CT, so swing by if you’re near.
I’ve lived in the same town most of my life, but have been lucky enough to travel and to spend a few years living in England. We lived right near Windsor Castle, where the Queen of England lives and Henry Whiskers too. (Shh! The Queen doesn’t know.)
Some Other Fun Facts!
I love the sun, soft sand and salt water; long walks, bike riding, swimming and skiing, the smell of star gazer lilies and cut grass, the sound of crickets and ocean surf and, when I’m home alone, I like to eat popcorn for dinner (no butter!).
Being the youngest in my family is the best education of all.
I am very organized – sometimes annoyingly so.
Some of my favorite childhood books are:
- My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
- Wainscott Weasel by Tor Seidler
- A Rat’s Tale by Tor Seidler
- Cricket in Time Square by George Selden
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
I believe that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Believe!
I’ve had lots of wishes come true.
I believe that good things come to those who do good and that your word is all you’ve got, so be true to yourself and honest with others.
I’ve learned that sometimes the best way to find your way is to get lost.
I am a slow reader and writing is not easy for me, but I am learning that the more I do it, the easier it gets.
My favorite color is cornflower blue and my favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip.
I have no idea where Henry’s next adventure will take him or what he’ll learn along the way, but I look forward to finding out.