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--GREW UP IN:
--HOBBIES AS A KID:
Piano, swimming, reading, trumpet, ballet, acting
--PETS AS A KID:
Cocker spaniels named Inky and Yankee Doodle Dandy
Public schools in Baltimore: P.S. 232, Gwynns Falls Junior High,
Western High School (Baltimore's all-girls' public high school— Go Western!);
B.A. from Harvard — history major;
M.A.T. from Harvard Graduate School of Education;
M.A. from Columbia's Teachers College;
Photography classes at Westchester Center for the Arts
--WRITING CAREER: After nearly 15 years as an associate editor writing and editing magazine articles in kids' magazines for Scholastic and Consumer Reports, I set out in 1994 as a freelance author, writing nonfiction books for young people and adults.
-- JOBS BEFORE BECOMING A WRITER:
Language Arts teacher in Job Training Programs for adults in Boston; actress in regional professional theater productions; Creative Dramatics teacher for kids in libraries, museums and schools in Boston, Washington, DC, and New York City.
Piano, photography, reading, hiking, cooking, singing in a church choir, swimming, going to concerts, dance performances, the gym, movies and plays
Westchester County, New York
-- AUTHOR ORGANIZATIONS:
PEN, SCBWI, Authors Guild
Our beagle is still with us in our hearts -- and photos of him appear in THE YOUNG MUSICIAN'S SURVIVAL GUIDE ! But sadly he died a few years ago at age 17. Luckily now we sometimes get to dog-sit our son's spirited dachshund.
--BOOKS READ AS A KID THAT INSPIRED ME TO BE AN AUTHOR:
Three books about people being unfairly treated that I read as a young girl made an especially strong impression and opened my eyes to the need for everyone to stand up for what's right (I still have those books at home today). They are: "Twenty and Ten" by Claire Huchet Bishop, "Bright April" and "Thee Hannah" by Marguerite de Angeli. Other books that I read as a child that also sparked an interest in history and social justice include the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as all kinds of biographies and historical fiction.