Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday, April 29, 2010


One of the most popular questions school age kids like to ask authors is about their pets. So here is my post all about my pets. I have three of them--a tiny toy poodle, a Goffin Cockatoo and a red crab.

My thirteen-year-old cockatoo came to me as a baby and we've been best buds ever since. Unlike most parrots, my bird LOVES complete strangers. He knows they will give him attention--and attention is what this bird is all about. I hope to use him for pet therapy someday since he is so friendly, even with children.

The poodle just wants to be cuddled, loved and petted twenty-four hours a day. Food is always a plus in her opinion. But when it comes to strangers or crowds of people she'd rather hide in my lap or in her kennel. As far as she is concerned, car rides are the most important events in her life. Once you mention "bye bye in the car" in her presence, you'd better be ready to follow through or she will cry and pester you as long as it takes to make you take her for a spin.

My hermit crabs don't do much of anything other than sleep all day and eat all night. Nothing makes them happier than being left alone--which is why I don't have a picture of them to post here.

Someday I would love to own a sugar glider. They just look so cool! The only problem is they eat birds--which my parrot would not be happy about.

Author Bio

For those interested in this information for book reports, here is more than you ever wanted to know about me.

I was born in San Jose, California. I miss the gorgeous weather and the beaches--a lot. I lived there until I attended college. It was while attending Brigham Young University in Utah, that I got my BFA in children's illustration. While I was in school there, I got my dream job being a children's librarian and ended up staying in the state. I've been a librarian for fifteen and a half years but have been writing books since I was in sixth grade. I guess that means I've been an author longer than I've been a librarian. Of course, I've been drawing since I was in preschool so I've been an illustrator even longer than I've been a writer. I guess that makes me officially an illustrator/author/children's librarian. Take your pick or all of the above. There is no rule that says I can't be all three.

I started making up stories long before I started writing them down. I used to be afraid of the dark when I was little, so I'd make up stories in my mind to keep myself from thinking about the monsters I was sure were hiding out under my bed at night. All that creative energy eventually turned me into an author.

I'm a hobbyaholic with hobbies so diverse and numerous I couldn't possibly list them all here. If it is not too expensive or life threatening, I'll try just about any hobby at least once. (Except for that bungee jump my sister tried to talk me into once. No way, no how!) Among my top interests are doll collecting, jewelry making, sculpting, reading, writing, and horseback riding. I also collect mermaids--but ONLY those wearing fantastic mermaid outfits--which are near impossible to find, believe me. But that is what makes collecting them so much more fun than the regular kind. : )

I also love to spend way too much time playing video games, watching Jane Austen movies, and reading good ghost stories.