I don't remember ever wanting to be a writer when I grew up. I just liked to read! So imagine my surprise when long after my first few books were published my mother unearthed my old elementary school report cards, and I read these comments by my 5th and 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Hall: "Suzy has a good command of the English language and a flair for creative writing.... I hope she will continue to do creative writing as I and the students have especially enjoyed her talents in this area." I grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and went to college at the University of Oregon, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in library science. My husband and I moved to Renton, Washington (near Seattle), just after I finished college. I didn't start writing children's books until after I'd been a librarian for ten years, and had children of my own. My husband, Mark, is principal trombonist for the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. We have two adult children, and a toy fox terrier named Toby.