When I sat down to write my first novel, I had no idea there would be a monkey in the book. But I remembered the age-old advice, "Write what you know." At the time, I was studying primatology at Cal State Fullerton, working part-time observing orangutans at the Los Angeles Zoo, and volunteering on weekends as a chimpanzee caregiver at a wildlife sanctuary. So what I knew was apes and monkeys. Before long, Holly, the protagonist of MONKEY LOVE, became the babysitter of a mischievous monkey.
My childhood ambition to study chimpanzees in Africa with Jane Goodall eventually gave way to "more realistic" goals of becoming either an actress or a writer. After five years struggling for my big break in Manhattan, I moved to Los Angeles and turned my attention to writing and editing. I've written everything from books and magazine articles to DVD liner notes, movie reviews, and encyclopedia entries. And I've abridged over 100 books for audio, by such authors as Al Gore, Stephen J. Cannell, Sara Paretsky, Lisa Gardner, James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich.
In 2004, I became editor of ZOO VIEW, the award-winning magazine of the Los Angeles Zoo, a job that allowed me to combine my love of writing with my passion for wildlife. Whether writing for children or adults, animals have a way of creeping, crawling, slithering, or swinging their way into my books.