I write from Vermont’s glorious Northeast Kingdom, where I live in a small, mountainside log cabin heated with wood on twenty-five acres of wilderness, with my two teenage children, goofy labradoodle, and an ever-evolving assortment of farm animals. This is how a childhood obsession with the Little House series has manifested in my adult life.

At a critical point in college, I thought I had to choose between science and words, and I chose words. A few years ago, I discovered the world of science writing, and now, happily, my two passions coexist. (My other favorite book as a child was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.)

I studied psychology at Swarthmore College long enough ago that we didn’t have phones in our rooms my first year. Before freelancing, I enjoyed an illustrious career involving waiting tables, working at an independent bookstore, and running a small business online making (no, not jewelry) children’s clothing.