My family travel trilogy Cry of the Kiwi: A Family's New Zealand Adventure began as notes I scribbled in small notebooks I carried on outdoor adventures during my family's ten-month exploration of New Zealand. From these and notes in our homeschooling journal, I crafted "NZ stories" intended as mementos. After we returned to Canada, a persistent internal voice told me to transform my "NZ stories" into a book, which metamorphosed into a trilogy.
New Zealand is an amazing, beautiful country with an intriguing past, all of which I highlight in Cry of the Kiwi. The trilogy is perfect for homeschooling families, particularly those interested in homeschooling abroad, and for readers who love outdoor nature adventures in exotic locales, family travel books, and compelling stories from around the world.
I grew up on a farm in Alberta, Canada. Inspired by the world around me, I pursued university studies in zoology and plant ecology and rounded out the book learning with hands-on experience digging for fossils, live-trapping mice and skunks, describing forests, and measuring high arctic plant communities.
Eventually, I realized that my heart yearned for writing more than science, so I compromised by using my scientific training to research dozens of articles I wrote for Ranger Rick, a children's nature magazine with a global audience. My article about mountain goat kids playing on a mountainside garnered me the National Wildlife Federation's inaugural Trudy Farrand and John Strohm Magazine Writing Award.
I'm passionate about nature and love to travel in search of new wildlife and landscapes. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada, and when not out adventuring, am happily writing, gardening, birding, and photographing nature at the rural home I share with my husband. We recently returned from a six-month stint in South Africa, another amazing country. For lots of South African photos, visit my website at www.maginams.ca. Enjoly!