You name it, I’ve probably written about it. Really. From pop stars to game show auditions and octopus wrestling to fashion designers, I’ve written it. mary1Sometimes I write for magazines. Most recently I’ve been writing nonfiction books for younger readers, working with publishers including Chelsea House, Triumph Entertainment, Mitchell Lane, Capstone and Heinemann.

I’ve always loved nonfiction. Yes, I was that girl — the one who read every single biography in my elementary school library. Oh, I enjoyed fiction, but I found stories about real-live people like Eleanor Roosevelt and Babe Dickerson the most fascinating.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. As a third grader I started a newspaper for the kids on my school bus. I went on to become editor of my school papers in junior high, high school and college. I studied journalism at the University of Iowa, where I met my husband, Mitch.

I wrote my¬†first nonfiction book for young readers in 2003. In the years since, I’ve continued to research and write 41 nonfiction books. I’m also working on some fiction projects you may find in your library soon.

I now live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and two teenage kids, Eve and Eli.