Cheryl Chapman lives on the southern shores of Lake Michigan in a home that feels like a camper, nestled in the Indiana Dunes.
A retired teacher, she loves to travel, bike, hike, and write, but she especially loves to be with her grandkids. She's been a writer all her life, first getting a poem about a tree published in a national magazine when she was 10. Growing up, Cheryl was the oldest of the 5 Orth kids, and she would often write or tell stories just to keep the littler ones entertained. She grew up in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma. She got married in Heidelberg Castle in Germany, and after that she lived in Texas, Kentucky, Illinois, and finally, happily ever after, in Indiana! She worked as an early childhood educator for many decades, even winning an Golden Apple Award for being one of the 10 luckiest teachers in Chicagoland in 1997! Getting two picture books, PASS THE FRITTERS, CRITTERS and SNOW ON SNOW ON SNOW, published was so much fun, that now she's collaborating with her artist friends and publishing e-books on Smashwords! A BABY IN THE BELLY is her first collaboration with her good buddy, the magical artist Phil Lobdell, who really loves to turn his family into hamsters!