The wonderful Dietrich Kalteis talks to me here about the nature of series, research, editing and a bunch of other stuff. Happy to be included in his popular “Off the Cuff” series. Here’s me on the nature of girl power: I’ve never set out to write a strong female character. This is simply my understanding…

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And then there were horses…

As many people know, I have been working on a book about elephant seals that will be published by Orca Books fall 2020. When I finished that book, we were pleased enough with each other that, to my delight, Orca asked me to play again. I recently signed a contract to do a book about…

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How to Train Your Dragon Wins “Fight Against Stupidity”

Philosophy Now has named Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon books as an effective weapon against stupidity. It is the first time the award has been bestowed on an author of books for children. From The Guardian: Given in the past to recipients including Noam Chomsky, Raymond Tallis and Ben Goldacre, the prize was…

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Trend Spotting: You Saw it Here First

Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” I’m not making this up. Here’s proof.

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