Though my first name is Muriel, I've always been called Dee.
I've loved books forever, beginning with Little Golden Books, Mary Poppins, fairy tales, biographies and mysteries. My dad wrote poetry and invented stories about Bobo the Bear, who always seemed to get into the same mischief as I did. Hmmm.
Since my dad was a naval officer, we moved often — Boston (MA), Norfolk (VA), Charleston (SC) and Key West (FL). I was the new kid at lots of schools. Luckily, school was one of my favorite places.
The photo on the right shows me with a friend when I lived in Key West.
I had pet Siamese cats, a cocker spaniel and two chihuahuas, but not all
at once. An only child, I read books constantly and loved creative projects,
doodles, dancing, and swimming.
In college, I studied Art History. After graduation, I substituted for a high school math teacher and
loved teaching kids. So, I taught grades 1-5. Teaching was my passion and inspired me to write
for children. Later, I became a school principal, visiting classrooms everyday, talking with kids at
lunch and monitoring pick up and drop off in a long car line. I'm still on a school schedule, waking
up early everyday.
Now, I write in the mornings and afternoons: picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels.
I'm fascinated with nature, animals, science, STEM topics, technology, art, space and other cultures.
When I'm not writing or reading, I take field trips with my husband, enjoy the grandkids, draw, paint and exercise.
I enjoy yoga, roller coasters, traveling, libraries, hanging out by water, collecting books and shells.
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