welcome to my virtual ocean!

I'm a New York City based kidlit writer, diver, ocean lover, & adventurer. I love sharing the mysteries of the deep with kids of all ages who love adventure.

 
Writing in Bonaire Photo Credit: Neil DeMaster, 2016

Writing in Bonaire

Photo Credit: Neil DeMaster, 2016

Before I even knew how to spell, I used to dictate stories to my mother. I would beg her to write down my stories on scraps of paper I kept in my room. I also spent hours drawing and designing elaborate plans for undersea houses and vehicles.

If I could live anywhere I wanted to, it would be at the bottom of the ocean or in a tree house that I designed myself.

If I were a character in a novel, I'd choose a middle grade adventure novel, just like the kind I like to write! 

In the NY Aquarium Bathysphere Photo Credit: Richard Blankfein, 2013

In the NY Aquarium Bathysphere

Photo Credit: Richard Blankfein, 2013

I merge my love of storytelling with my love of the natural world. As an avid scuba diver, I have seen the delicate ecosystem beneath the ocean's surface and the ways our modern life is damaging it. I write about science for kids because I think the most important stories we have are the stories the natural world unfolds for us everyday if we just take the time to listen. There's something magical about finding the right words to describe how the natural world works.

But...sometimes I just want to tell a good story! I love stories and the power of imagination to create new and different worlds. While even my fiction is rooted in research and real science, sometimes I take some liberties to create a world where some different things *could* happen. The best thing about writing fiction is that you get to invent the world you want.

Of course, readers, just like writers, don't have to choose. The best thing about being a reader is getting lost in both real and imaginary worlds, following a writer's amazing words. 

 

Hovering Under the Salt Pier, Bonaire Photo Credit: Neil DeMaster, 2016

Hovering Under the Salt Pier, Bonaire

Photo Credit: Neil DeMaster, 2016

 

 

I use photography as a form of research to make sure I don't forget things I want to capture in words later. I'm a pretty avid amateur photographer, particularly when I travel, dragging two or three cameras with me wherever I go. I use images as a starting point for my writing: what do I see? How can I take it further?  Although my goal is to capture these images in words later, sometimes, my photos rebel by telling their own stories. Check out their story lines here. I've also included a few action shots my friends have taken of me so you can see me at work and play!

What's Under the Waves?

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

 

I hope you'll dive into this site to learn a little bit about my writing and recent publications, read about some of my adventures and favorite kid lit reads in my adventure blog, and check out some of my photos.

If you like, you can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter (quick links below!).

Welcome!