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Born: September 17, 1929 in Bakersfield, California
Schools: Standard School, Oildale, California
Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, California
Fresno State College, Fresno, California
B.A. in English; Graduate study in English
First book: Micromegas, 1967
Books written: 6 for young readers; 6 college textbooks; 2 books for adults
Brothers and Sisters: Two of each: Bob, Norman, Ellen, Gracie
David & Susan
Children: Two; one girl, one boy
Grandchildren: Four; two girls, two boys
Great-grandchildren: One girl who lives in North Carolina!
Pets: Two crazy cats, "The Artful Dodger" and "Party," from daughter's farm. For almost 14 years, my daily companion was a Siberian husky named Nylak. Nylak was the model for Granite in Child of the Wolves and for Black Star in Black Star, Bright Dawn by Scott O’Dell.
Lives: Beside a lake in Westchester County, NY,
with her husband, NatGilbert, 50 miles north of New York City
Favorite color: purple
Favorite animals: dolphins, wolves, and dogs
Favorite books: After books by Scott O’Dell, Jane Eyre and Great Expectations.
Favorite books as a child: Any of the Oz books. Fairy tales.
Favorite pastimes: Reading, gardening, traveling, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, white-water rafting.
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