I’m a freelance writer, editor, artist and former Peace Corps volunteer. All kinds of writing and editing interest me, though most of my experience is in science and children’s writing and editing. I have published numerous nonfiction books for kids with ABDO, Capstone, Cavendish Square, National Geographic Kids, and more. My books cover a wide variety of topics including video games, artificial intelligence, energy technology, and dinosaurs. I am a contributing editor at Muse magazine with a monthly technology column and regular feature articles. I also write news and features for Science News for Students.

I love getting to speak to scientists in many different fields and learn about their research. Once I spoke with an expert on parallel universes while he was shoveling snow from his driveway! I feel that the trick in writing about science for kids is in understanding the concept completely myself first, then figuring out what will make it interesting and relevant to kids. In my experience, kids can easily understand even the most complex concepts – the trick is to keep their attention. Topics I’ve covered in the past range from outer space and tornados to computer programming and autism.

I am working on several fiction novels for children as well, and I published four titles as editor for the Beacon Street Girls book series, including Sweet Thirteen in 2009. In 2011 and 2012, I co-directed the New England SCBWI conference.

I write for children because I decided at the age of ten that ten was the perfect age to be, and some part of me listened well and never got any older.  I love magical fiction–anything that sparkles and makes me say “wow!” I am inspired by Roald Dahl, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury. Recent favorites include Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy.

When I’m not writing, I’m taking care of my son, hiking with my husband, gardening, or playing with our dog, Maya. You can find my latest paintings and snippets of fiction writing on my blog.

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