I've lived most of my life in Chicagoland. But for four years, our family was blessed to live in England. Windsor Castle was close to our home, and horses often clip-clopped down our lane. We made wonderful friends, ate lots of good pub food, and took long walks in Windsor Great Park. On weekends, we explored London. And sometimes we traveled to other countries, too.
Those years were magical ones, with a royal wedding, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympics all happening during our time there. Lucky us!
My book, ALL ABOARD THE LONDON BUS, grew from my experiences in London.
NEVER NEVER LAND
Before I became an author, I owned a children's bookstore named Never Never Land. A few years later, I bought the town's toy store, too, and joined the stores together. But, just like the movie You've Got Mail, two giant bookstores (and two toy stores) moved into a mall development down the road. After seven wonderful years, we closed our doors.
But don't be sad! We shared books with thousands of readers over the years, and two marriages came out of the store, including my own!
• My family and most of my friends call me "Patty."
• I'm a middle child (not EXACT middle - I'm third of seven kids).
• My fingers are double-jointed, and I can curl my tongue.
• The first book I read all by myself was SNOW, by P.D. Eastman.
• I swam my first mile when I was ten-years-old.
• Because I had really short hair, people often thought I was a boy.
• Sometimes I sewed my own clothes. They weren't very pretty.