About

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Books open doors–to knowledge and to imagination. Lisa’s love of words began before she learned to read. “I was fascinated with the sounds of words and the accents of some family friends. Most of all, I couldn’t wait to learn the ‘magic’ for deciphering the symbols in those books my five older siblings so enjoyed.”

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First acceptance to this Christian girls’ magazine launched writing career.

Lisa has been writing for over 30 years, mainly for or about children. She launched her writing career with two acceptances to the same Christian children’s magazine and continued focusing on magazine pieces for 6 years. In 1992 she wrote regularly for several technical publications, including Cleaner Times and an architecture/construction publication, FM Data Monthly. In 1996 her first children’s book was published. She has since authored 30 nonfiction books and over 1500 articles for or about children. When she isn’t researching or writing, she teaches workshops for at-risk youth, taking weekly writing and literacy programs into southwest Florida schools. She also presents as reading, literacy, and teachers’ conferences.

She holds a B.A. degree in English Language (writing and linguistics) from Eastern Michigan University and an M.S. in education (with an emphasis on writing anxiety/reluctance) from Capella University.

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One of the six titles in the first set for the Kids Throughout History series (published by PowerKids Press/Rosen).

Whether teaching credit courses or lifelong learning workshops, she finds joy in seeing students take ownership of their writing and communication skills. “My youngest students realize they do have imagination and, as I see writing become less a chore for them, I am energized to reach more students–and potential readers.”

She most enjoys writing about history, psychology, health and wellness, children’s literature, learning styles, literacy, the natural sciences, and the environment. “But I never stop learning, or passing along what I learn to my readers and students.”

Lisa spent a lot of time reading as a child. She’s reading in the photo above (top right), at about grade 5. (“I’m the one in the background, with my leg hanging over the side of the chair,” she says. Her older sister is with her.) It was no surprise to her family when she showed a flair for making up stories and putting on puppet plays for the neighborhood. “I think I always knew I’d grow up to write books,” she say. “At least, that was my plan, from about grade 4 on.”

She also spent a great deal of time playing in the creek and exploring the outdoors. Spending time with nature is still one of her hobbies. “I grew up around lakes, so swimming was a common pastime.” She also enjoys canoeing, bird watching, gardening, camping, hiking, and of course, photography nature and wildlife. “The trees, flowers, birds, insects, and sunshine inspire me. Since most of my writing is nonfiction, my creative well is refilled whenever I’m outside.”

Creek in the woods, northern Michigan (lower peninsula)

Creek in the woods, northern Michigan (lower peninsula)

Lisa grew up in Michigan where she spent a lot of time reading as a child. It was no surprise to her family when she showed a flair for making up stories and putting on puppet plays for the neighborhood. “I think I always knew I’d grow up to write books,” she says. “At least, that was my plan, from about grade 4 on.”

She also spent a great deal of time playing in the creek and exploring the outdoors. Spending time with nature is still one of her hobbies. “I grew up around lakes, so swimming was a common pastime.” She also enjoys canoeing, bird watching, gardening, camping, hiking, and photographing nature and wildlife. “The trees, flowers, birds, insects, and sunshine inspire me. Since most of my writing is nonfiction, my creative well is refilled whenever I’m outside.”

This site and blog is about her wanderings in nature, her wonderings about something she’s read, and how these connect with the writing life.

 

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Lisa,
    I’d like to nominate your blog for the Liebster award. I’m planning a post (probably for next weekend) that outlines the recognition. Would you accept?
    🙂 Gwen

    • Hi Gwen! I’m so sorry; I’ve had that awful virus & the alert message to my e-mail went to the junk folder. I just fished it out today. Is it too late to follow through with the nomination? I’d be honored, but truthfully I don’t know much about it or what I’m expected to do on my part. (Am I allowed to include you on my list?) Thanks & sorry for the delay! Lisa

      • Hi Lisa,
        The Liebster recognizes up and coming blogs (generally those with less than 200 followers), and hopefully drives more traffic your way when I provide a link for my readers/followers.
        Look for a post on my blog tomorrow, Saturday February 9. It will explain what you do. Think about a few bloggers that you might want to pass it on to.

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