Well, okay, maybe that's not how it really happened, but it's definitely how I wish it happened. The truth is I was a pretty cowardly kid--not at all like Tiernay West, the hero of Secret of the Three Treasures. I probably would have been kicked off that pirate ship once they learned I was scared of heights and climbing; I probably would have starved on that caravan, because it used to be I wouldn't eat any foods I hadn't already tasted.
But at least I was never afraid of scrapes and falls and getting my hands dirty, and I did get braver as I got older, thanks in part to some Girl Scout camping trips, as well as to Scout journeys to Wyoming and Mexico--both pretty far for a New Yorker who used to be able to count all the places she'd visited on one hand, with fingers left over. Eventually, I got so brave I took the stories I'd been writing all my life, forced myself to finish and revise them, and began sending them out into the world.
I've written three other books for kids, as well as two books for teens: Bones of Faerie and Thief Eyes. I've also published more than 30 short stories for kids, teens, and adults, including appearances in Cricket and Girls' Life magazines.
These days I know there are more places to visit than I'm ever going to have time to get to (though I'm working on it), which is one of the reasons I keep writing stories: because they let me visit all the places I can't visit in person. Girl Scouts and college both led me ever-further west, and I now live with my husband, Larry, in Tucson , Arizona. I love living in the desert--we're surrounded by National Forest land, perfect for adventuring--and I'm not sure I'll ever live east of the Rockies again.
Unless those pirates show up and offer me a berth. Because now, I'm ready for them.