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 taught grades 1-5. Teaching was my passion and inspired me to write for children. Later, I became a school principal, visiting classrooms everyday and talking with children. I still get butterflies before a new school year...the excitement, anticipation of back to school. Always, I wanted to create books.
Now, I write picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels. I'm curious about nature, animals, science, STEM topics, technology, art, space and conserving our natural resources.
When I'm not writing or reading, I enjoy field trips with my husband, our grandkids, drawing, painting and exercising. I live in south Florida and find lots to write about here in the sunshine state --sea turtles, sharks, spiders, rockets, swamps, migrating birds, weather and more. I am honored to be represented by super agent, Joyce Sweeney of The Seymour Agency.