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TAMI LEWIS BROWN holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College. She has been a lawyer, and more recently, writer-in-residence and librarian at The Sheridan School in Washington, D.C.

Elinor Smith’s story, which later became SOAR, ELINOR!, inspired Tami to become a pilot and a lawyer. “Everyone in my family flew. Each time someone told me “it’s a man’s world” I thought of Elinor’s unquenchable drive to be herself and live her dreams. Where others built barriers, Elinor saw nothing but wide open horizons.”

As part of her research to write SOAR, ELINOR!, Tami and her ten-year-old son flew loops and spins in an antique Waco ZPF-7, similar to the plane Elinor flew. She never collected chickens like the mom in THE MAP OF ME but she did have a pet duck named Sweet Feed.

Tami grew up in Kentucky and attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Now she lives in one of the oldest houses in Washington, D.C.