My current project is “Danger by the Delaware,” a novel for 10 to 14 year old readers. Historical fiction is a new genre for me and I have enjoyed doing the research about the American Revolution and some of the critical events that happened in 1776. Since my husband and I live in Bucks County, PA, about 10 miles from the Delaware River, it has been especially exciting to work in several local libraries and museums that specialize in this era.
Future projects include a sequel to my book Penguin Chick that some students have encouraged me to write since they wanted to know what happens to the chick after it plunges into the sea. It will be fun to write, but will have to be coordinated with Helen K. Davie’s illustrating schedule, since only she can do the art work.
My most recently completed nonfiction story, “Pandas in Danger” is now with a publisher and I have my fingers crossed for a contract. On-site research at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Center was a thrilling experience! I observed pandas for a day, while learning about their life, diet, habits and care and hearing stories about individual pandas from my guide. The highlight was holding 6 month old Mao-Mao on my lap while feeding her apple pieces. (See Photo Gallery).