I was born in Pennsylvania, out in the country. I was raised on a small farm. I still reside in Pennsylvania and live out in the country. I am a mother of four and a grandmother of three. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren. I always had a love for animals and liked taking care of them. I always surrounded myself with activities that included animals. I rode horses for years and always had a special spot in my heart for animals that were in need of help. This connection inspired me to include animals as my characters, and being an elementary teacher, I try to discourage bullying at school. At Ross Elementary, we say a bullying pledge every morning. I have been teaching at Ross Elementary for thirteen years. I enjoyed my first-year experience with my kindergarten class. I would like to thank them for encouraging me to write this book. They wanted me to finish it so I could share it with them.