Have you read one of my books? (I hope so!) Am I coming to visit your school soon? (That would be cool!) Maybe you want to know about me and my books. (I’d love to tell you!) Just click on the questions below. Have fun!
I live in the Bear River Mountain Range near the little village of Mink Creek, in the southeast corner of Idaho. The closest town with a post office is Preston, Idaho. My house is surrounded by mountains, and I can walk out my back door and go for a hike toward the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
I work at home, with Hobo by my side. My study has big picture windows and from my desk, I can see fiery mountain sunsets and snow on Oxford Peak (ele. 9,282 ft.)
I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri (in pink on the map) then went to college and lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma (yellow), for six years. Then, my husband and I moved to Maine (green). We lived in Kennebunk and Wells, Maine for eight years before returning to Springfield, where we lived for 26 years. We now live in Idaho (blue).
Yes. My husband is Ross B. Young. He is an artist. He usually paints oil paintings you put in frames on walls, but he illustrated my books S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet and Show Me the Number, A Missouri Number Book.
I was born the day before Valentine's Day, six years after the half-century mark in the 1900s. Can you figure it out?
Yes! This is my daughter, Brett, and her cat, Chaps.
This is my son, Reid, holding a brown trout he caught in Idaho.
We have two dogs: Hobo and Pip. Each has a special story about how it got its name. One summer day, a big, black, Labrador Retriever showed up at our house, just like a hobo might show up somewhere. So, we named him Hobo and he likes to help me write! Pip was the runt of a Brittany litter. Because she was so small, we named her Pip, which is short for Pipsqueak. What’s the story behind your pet's name?
When I was about ten, I showed my grandma a poem I had written. She encouraged me to keep writing, and I have been writing ever since. I had some poems published in magazines when I was grown up, and became a published author in 2001 with my first book, S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet.
Yes! Basil B. Barnwhitten from my book The Hidden Bestiary starred in a video and I had a bit part at the end! Haven't you seen it yet? Just click on "Meet B.B.B." on the sidebar menu.
Ideas are everywhere! Look around! You'll find ideas at school, at the store, in paintings and photographs. They are outside and inside, come from real experiences and from your daydreams. Ideas float by in the wind, swim in the bathtub and hide in conversations. The idea for Promise started by stopping at this fire tower on the way to visit a school, seeing a crow fly from its top, and imagining a kid up there.
Some people confuse "hard" with "having to think." Writing isn't hard, but you do have to think. A lot! Writing takes effort, thought, choosing words carefully, rereading, rewriting, revising, and editing. The hardest part is taking time to do these things. I find time to think in lots of places, like with my morning tea in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. And I find time to write, even while on vacation, like at my "riverside desk" in Alaska.
I take a walk almost every day. I like to hike, fish, camp, and travel, mainly to remote places where I can fish, hike and camp. I always have a good book to read and I love to play games.
Yes! I visit schools all over the country! Ask your teacher if I can come to your school!
The most exciting thing that has happened to me as an author is listening to LeVar Burton read my story A Pet for Miss Wright on Reading Rainbow’s Storytime Video for National Reading Month! You can listen too! Just click below to watch.