Many thanks to the Maine Librarians Association for making Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster the 2012 Lupine Honor Book in the Juvenile/Young Adult category!
I wandered into writing on my way to becoming a scientist.
When I was 13, my parents’ friends would ask, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” I thought, Nurse? Meteorologist? Oceanologist? It took me a year before I realized that it was an oceanographer that I wanted to become, but by then I was hooked. I went all through high school and college with the intent of studying oceanography.
After graduating college, I needed a break from studying. I got my first “grown-up” job at the New England Aquarium in Boston. It was there that I realized I wasn’t going to be a scientist. Instead, I found liked learning a little about this and a little about that. So I turned to teaching and writing. Now I am a “science translator.” This career allows my curiosity to take me in many different directions as I continue to learn about and share my passion for the ocean.
I most enjoy getting to meet the scientists, divers, and underwater explorers I interview for my books. In doing my research, I’ve had a few undersea adventures of my own: swimming with 10 Caribbean reef sharks, diving on a sunken ship, and spending a week in total immersion with bottlenose dolphins.
I am currently writing 4 new books on those most popular sea creatures—sharks. Meanwhile, my day job as associate director of Friends of Casco Bay, in South Portland, Maine, allows me to work to help protect the environmental health of my hometown ocean.