I just returned from a wonderful visit to Arizona, where I got to go face to beak with hummingbirds, walk the paths of 16th century explorers, and enjoy the wonders of the desert. Is there a book in there somewhere, who knows, but there’s lots of ideas.
Before leaving, I was the proud recipient of a packet of letters from an interested and excited couple of classes of fourth graders at Santiam Elementary School, which I will be visiting soon. I enjoyed reading every letter and am looking forward to the day we meet.
I appreciate the kind words about my books and especially the questions asked. Some of the answers can be found on my website, some I’ll answer below, and some I’ll answer during my presentation.
Here’s a few answers:
I have an older sister (Sherry), one son (Tyler), and one dog (Toby)
Toby on a kindergarten class visit
Tyler and I at the Gergeti Trinity Church in northern Georgia (near the Russian border)
I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I was in my 30s. First, I got several stories and plays published in magazines. My first book, The Chewing Gum Book, was published in 1989. I was 38 years old. Since then, I’ve had 26 more books published.
I did not illustrate any of my books, but some of my photographs appeared in my books. The publisher chooses the illustrator. And yes, they get paid.
Gum has been a life-long love for me, since the days I had to sneak it into school to chew it. I still chew if everyday (sugarless only!), and even collect it. The back cover of the Chomp! book shows a small part of my chewed gum collection.
Salem middle school students showing her stuff
Tried making my own gum. Not so good…
Food: Nectarines, Cheese, Kale
Activities, Hiking, sailing, ping-pong, biking
Music: Rock, Classical
Place to live: Oregon
Place to visit: Machu Picchu, Uganda
Rafting the Nile River in Uganda (me in yellow helmet on left)
I just finished writing three different books about wolves. My agent is trying to find them a home at a publishing company. Several ideas are bubbling in my head about what to do next. Hmmm…we’ll have to wait and see.
Next project – the moment of decision