I have been writing and illustrating books since second grade. My first book was written in crayon in a yellow notebook while sitting in a tree. The pictures were drawn directly over the words in what I thought was a thrifty use of paper. The characters in that first story were animals and insects involved in a mystery involving peanut butter sandwiches and a pesky ghost. A lot has changed since then, but my interest in animals, insects, and peanut butter sandwiches remains. I still write about them and draw pictures of them (not the sandwiches), though not while sitting in a tree…usually.