As a child growing up in Brooklyn, I never imagined falling in love with a turtle lover from the Bronx who would fill our Manhattan apartment with hard-shelled creatures. This goes to show that life and love can be inexplicably weird, and, if you're lucky, also rather wonderful.
Nor could I anticipate that my husband, Allen, and I would work together (without filing for divorce) on articles for Ranger Rick, and on three books for the children's library market, including one on turtles. I've also written for magazines and worked as a direct response copywriter.
Today, Allen and I live in Queens, N.Y., with two cats and a paltry three turtles.