Death and a Promise


That’s how I became a writer.

Eric and I were married for over 20 years, and when he died 36 days after an experimental test flight crash, my promise to tell the world about him drove my life. My career goal as a zoo education curator ended the day he died, and I was propelled on to a trajectory I had never imagined. It took 14 years of school, writing coaches, workshops, study, and constant rejection, but I finally published Flight through Fire. It was followed by A Grief Workbook for Skeptics.

I have three science degrees and a pilot’s license—I never aspired to be a writer. But I embraced the power of words and wondered if I could use my conservation, ecology, and climate activism background to spur teens to environmental action.

The Skye Van Bloem Trilogy was born from my desire to help the planet, and I donate book royalties to environmental nonprofits. I can live with less money, but I can’t live without the wonderful animals that make my life rich. Countdown highlights our disappearing biodiversity, Holding is a climate dystopia, and Launch illustrates the critical role governments and personal choices play in saving biodiversity and our climate.

Happy reading, friends!

For the planet,