I grew up in small Wisconsin towns. Due to my father's work, I attended two grade schools and three high schools. I have fond memories of each.
I have always loved reading science fiction. In fact, the first book I remember checking out from the library on my own was The Enormous Egg
by Oliver Butterworth. When I was a little older, it was André Norton's Catseye
The first book I ever bought from the Scholastic Book Club was Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
for a whopping 35¢. I still have that book and was so proud to have bought it with my own money
that I saved the order form inside the book.
The Hardy Boys
turned me on to mysteries and Mark Twain to humor. I really didn't read many superhero comic books. I preferred The Phantom
and Uncle Scrooge
My high school and college reading took me into Robert Heinlein and Michael Crichton.
Authors such as Philip Pullman and J. K. Rowling brought me back to reading YA fiction.
I spent the first fifteen years of my adult life as a theater designer, director, actor, and playwright and I taught at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Arizona State University.
With the introduction of the Macintosh computer, I moved into graphic design and computer education. I created the interface and more than 600 educational programs for the EduNet Network, and hosted live educational broadcasts into K-12 classroom across the country. I have also written nearly 900 video scripts for Pearson Education.