When I was a kid, I liked to read. A lot.


One of our neighbors said  that his clearest memory of me as a child was watching me rake the lawn one-handed while I read a book with the other!

 (Also, I wasn't very good at ballet, so I had no choice but to become a children's author.)

I was born in California across from a zoo and then we lived on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound, and then moved again to Audubon, Pennsylvania where I spent most of my childhood. My dad was a pediatrician, and my mom a pediatric nurse. We had a dog named Ruffy who had a bad habit of chasing skunks and a hamster named Sneaker who liked to curl up in my hair and fall asleep (he was a very mellow hamster).

But my childhood was marked by something else-boys.

Specifically, brothers. I had a pack of them. Four to be exact, and I liked to do everything they did-softball, kickball, climbing trees, spitting contests, swimming in the creek, you name it. My brothers and I would fight over the big color funny section of the Sunday newspaper. I still love comic books and graphic novels and I think reading them has helped make me a better writer.

 And, best of all, I get to be part of that world now and make them!

Q & A

... so you're doing a book report?

Q: Where do you live?
I live in California and am married to a very nice man named Jonathan.

Q: Do you have any kids?
I have two children.

Q: Do you have any pets?
I have a cat named Mouse.

Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania called Audubon.

Q: Where did you go to college?
Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Q: Do you have a lot of brothers like May Amelia?
Yes! I have four brothers. (No sisters.)

Q: What did your parents do?
My mom was a nurse, and my dad was a pediatrician.

Q: What are your hobbies?
I love to read and go jogging.

Q: Who are some of your favorite writers?
I love Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain. I also really love The Prince Valiant comic strips which were created by Hal Foster.

Q: When did you get interested in writing?
I've always been a big reader, and I think that if you like to read you will want to write!

Q: What are you working on now?
More Babymouse and Squish books. And other hush-hush projects...

Q: Are you going to write a new Boston Jane book?
At this point, I am not writing any more Boston Jane books. But who knows what the future holds?

Fun Links to Interviews

Babymouse: "Inside the Bubble"

GraphicNovelReporter: The Mouse Roars