I grew up in a very small town in Westchester, New York, where I was always outside playing in the woods, riding horses, or swimming in a lake. My father used to tell me stories about Neanderthals and Cro Magnons, evolution, and about animals that lived on the other side of the world. We vacationed on Cape Cod every summer, and obscure Caribbean islands every winter, exploring tide pools, jungles and beaches. It was inevitable that I would grow up to be a scientist! I got my undergraduate degree in Animal Behavior from Bard College, and then went on to get a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UConn, and then a J.D. with a certificate in environmental law from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law.
I moved to the Boston area with my husband soon after law school, and have been here ever since. I have two grown children, one in graduate school and the other in college. My husband and I have two rescue dogs to keep us company (one of whom is a very naughty dog). We live in a solar house, and try to tread as lightly as we can on this planet. I am a vegan, and an atheist. I love all animals, except for ticks and deer flies. And mosquitoes. I really don't love mosquitoes.
I wrote No Worse Sin because I wanted to write a book for teens and young adults that would make them think about the world around us and what we're doing to it. I hope you enjoy the book. Please be compassionate to all living things, and to the Earth!