Elinor DeWire writes about a variety of topics, including lighthouses, maritime history, weather, astronomy and sky watching, and animals. She is a native of Maryland, but spent her teenage years in Pennsylvania and has lived in several other states. She has been researching, photographing, and writing since 1972. DeWire has been honored for her work in journalism, education, and historic preservation by the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the American Association of University Women, the American Lighthouse Foundation, New England Lighthouse Lovers, the Avery Point Lighthouse Society, the Florida Lighthouse Association, the New Jersey Lighthouse Society, and the National League of American Pen Women. Three of her books have won the Coast Guard Book Award and the prestigious Ben Franklin Book Award. She lives in Washington.