ANIMAL ALLIES featured in Kirkus Review article

I’m so thrilled that ANIMAL ALLIES is featured in a recent Kirkus Reviews article “Books that Demystify the World of Work for Teens.” One of my goals with this book is to inspire teens to explore a variety of paths and being included in this article feels wonderful!  

Writing a Novel and Tracking Word Count

I have written a few novels now, some for NaNoWriMo, but many on my own schedule. I have learned a few things. I think it’s really smart to start with my pitch. I do better if I have the story outlined before I start writing. I like to set daily word count goals. I am… Read more »

Author visits at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium!

I’m so excited I was able to celebrate National Zookeepers Week with an author visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. I had a wonderful time reading and coming up with research ideas with the kids in their teen camp. I’m looking forward to my next visit. I’m planning to go visit my favorite… Read more »

Tech Tricks for Writers: Do Not Disturb

Don’t get distracted by phone calls, texts, or other notifications from your phone when you’re trying to write in the zone. If you have an iPhone, go to Settings, then scroll down to the third block of options and select “Focus.” You can set up times that you do not want to be disturbed. You… Read more »

Tips for Travel to UK and Ireland

Our family recently traveled to the UK and Ireland. It was a trip we planned back in 2019 to see family and some soccer (football) destinations, but we had to delay it because of COVID, of course. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone and visit some amazing places – but it has been… Read more »

This is why I write books for young readers.

My new book Animal Allies: 15 Amazing Women in Wildlife Research came out on May 17, 2022 and the next day I read the tweet embedded below. This is why I write for young readers! My friend wrote about her 9yo: This book was released today and she’s half way through the 200 pages. “I… Read more »

What is No Mow May?

What is No Mow May? It’s simple – don’t mow your lawn in May and give bees and pollinators a chance to find food. Grassy lawns are some of the worst things about habitat loss. So by not mowing we can give the non-grass plants a chance to bloom and nourish insects and birds. I… Read more »

What Would You Name Our Owl?

We first noticed our new neighbor in January. I mentioned it in my First Birds of 2022 post. We weren’t sure it would stay, but it seems to love the owl box we hung for it. We’ve seen it all through February! So, now that it has stuck around, we think it’s time to name… Read more »

What would be your Color of the Year?

Every year, Pantone selects a Color of the Year. For 2022, the color is Very Peri. Here’s an image from the Pantone website: I love the idea of a color of the year. I love the meaning that Pantone has ascribed to the color- joy, creativity, courage, and imagination. We all need those qualities every… Read more »