I was born and raised in a family of readers (big surprise there) not far from the ocean. Okay, in Massachusetts it’s hard to not be far from the ocean. But on or near the water is where I’m happiest. It took me a long time as a toddler to figure out that I couldn’t breathe water as well as I do air. I still live in Massachusetts, still spend a lot of time in and on the waters of Cape Cod, and hope to never leave
Living in a place where history is everywhere might also have a lot to do with my love of the past. I majored in history and archaeology at Bryn Mawr College and still read a lot of non-fiction on those subjects. Doing so has taught me that, quite often, real life is far stranger and more wondrous than any fiction. My other great love beyond the water and history is making things. I love to sew and do needlepoint, and most particularly, make quilts. Writing fits in there as a creative endeavor, too, but has the added benefit of not leaving threads all over the carpet.
In addition to writing, my other full time career is being a wife, mom to my terrific kids, and parsley provider, litterbox cleaner, and snack dispenser to these adorable creatures.
Saffron (the brown boy) is a French Lop, weighs about 8 lbs., and has been known to try to crawl up my face when papaya bits or dried cherries are being offered. Beatrice (the sugar-white girl with the amazing ears that she can hold in just about any posture) joined our household a couple of years ago; she and Saffron fell in love more or less at first sight and now make a devoted couple, snuggling and grooming each other for large chunks of the day.
Saffron and Bea-bunny are house rabbits, which means they live inside my house much as a cat or dog would. Keeping a rabbit in an outdoor hutch is not only cruel and abusive, but pointless—why keep a pet stuck in what is basically solitary confinement? Like any other animal, rabbits will blossom into amazingly personable creatures when they get lots of love and positive interaction from their humans. Rabbits don’t bark or meow, but their body language is just as expressive of emotion, from happiness and playfulness (bunnies dance when they’re happy or excited!) to sadness and anger. It takes some time to learn how to read a bunny, but is well worth it.
Like cats, rabbits can very easily be litter-box trained. They’re quiet (though most of them seem to love noisy toys), companionable, affectionate, and all-round splendid pets. In addition, many people who are allergic to cats can tolerate rabbits without a problem.