Posted in Biography L. Hello, and welcome to my website. I have written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and have enjoyed writing every one of them. My favorite people are my readers, each of whom I cherish with deep and lasting affection.
I was always making up stories and then acting them out with the kids on the block. With my girlfriends I played "princesses" and with my boy friends I played no, not "doctor" but "space explorer.
I grew up and although I continued to read children's books, I began to read adult books by the time I was eight or so. Real, true, flying carpet type magic.
My favorite books were the ones about magic. I was sure that I would find it by the time I was nine, because nine was three times three, a very magical number. And when I lived through being nine and didn't find it I was sure that by the time I was twelve three times three plus three I would surely find it. But, sadly, I didn't find it by the time I turned twelve. And then I realized that if I wasn't going to just find magic, I would have to make it for myself.
And so I started writing short stories, poetry, everything you can name, all about fantasy and magic and science fiction. I began my first book in high school and I finished it in college. I called The Night of the Solstice and I found an agent in a friend of the woman who typed up my manuscript.
This agent only sold books as a sort of hobby, and was not very knowledgeable about contracts, but she sent my book to MacMillan Publishers Ltd. The Awakening came out. Then it became a bestseller, much to my surprise. I live in the Bay Area of California, with a backyard that is full of flowers, which I adore, especially with many different shades of roses. I love to visit my friend Toni's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike.
Once, while hiking, I saw a snow-white buck which allowed me to follow it nearly half a mile. I have traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries I love to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.