Though my first name is Muriel, I've always been called Dee.
I've been a book lover 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 . I was the new kid at lots of schools.
Luckily, I loved school, every one of them.
The photo on the right shows me with a friend when I lived in Key West. Growing up,
I had pet Siamese cats, a cocker spaniel and two chihuahuas, but not all at once. I was
an only child, but never lonely. Books introduced me to new places and faces. I also liked
to create projects, make art, and collect things. I kept my tonsils in a jar and brought them to
show and tell.
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 and talking with children were the highlights of my day. I still get butterflies before a new school year. Always, I dreamed of creating my own 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 natural resources.
When I'm not writing, I take field trips with my husband, visit grandkids, draw, paint, garden and exercise. I'm grateful
for my critique partners and the kidlit community. It's my honor to be represented by super agent, Joyce Sweeney from The Seymour Agency.