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. I was an
only child and read books constantly. I loved creative projects, doodles, dancing,
In college, I studied Art History. After graduation I substituted for a high school math teacher for several months and loved teaching. Next, I taught grades 1-5. Working with children was the best. It inspired me to write for them. Later, I became a school principal. What a blast - 1100 kids in my elementary school. I'm still on a school schedule, waking up at 5:00 am and getting to my desk.
Now, I write picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels. I'm interested in everything and find ideas all around me -- about nature, animals, science, STEM topics, technology, art, and other cultures.
When I'm not writing, I take field trips with my witty husband, Dave, enjoy the grandkids, make art, read, and exercise.
I like roller coasters, yoga, traveling, libraries, hanging out by water, collecting books and shells.
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