When I was a kid, we lived on a farm in Prospect, Kentucky. My sister and I rode horses every single day. We had lots of dogs and cats, and a duck named Sweet Feed.

Everyone in my family was an airplane pilot and soon I learned to fly, too.

Did I always know I wanted to be a writer? No way!

I’d never even met someone who wrote books.


What did I read? Everything from picture books like Go Dog, Go! and Jenny and The Cat Club to grown-up books like The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Some of my favorites were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg and The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

My mom dropped me and my sister off at the library almost every week and I checked out as many books as I could carry.

When I grew up I became a writer, a lawyer, a pilot and a horseback rider (and a mom, too!) I live in Washington DC with my family, a lucky black cat and a pack of wild spaniels.


Here are some things you may not know about me:

Favorite word(s)- In winter my favorite word is corduroy. During the summer it’s effervescent. Corduroy doesn’t sound right when it’s 90 degrees outside.

Favorite candy- Cinnamon Red Hots. And King Leo Peppermint Sticks. Yes, I’m particular about the brand.

Favorite smell- Fresh cut grass, carnations, and campfires. Yum.

Favorite bird- Chickens, of course! Especially Brahmas. Their feathery feet remind me of my spaniels, Murphy, Molly and Maggie.

Favorite game- Croquet, especially when you don’t play by the rules.

Favorite fruit- Fresh picked blackberries.

Favorite sound- Birds singing outside my window in the morning.