Deanne is an author and painter who grew up in Southern California where her life was heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean. During her childhood, she played on the beach and made sand castles, but her favorite childhood interests were reading and drawing pictures. Painting classes in Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo became a favorite Saturday morning experience thanks to the wide assortment of interesting and active animals.
Later in life, Deanne graduated from UCLA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. After completing her education, she taught high school and middle school for many years in California, Arizona and Texas. Deanne has recently become a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently resides in Texas and enjoys frequent visits from her two grown children, two grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
What are a few of Deanne’s favorite things?
- Favorite children’s books: Black Beauty, Ferdinand the Bull and Cat in the Hat (nothing better suited for an avid children's author)
- Favorite place to travel: Australia, where she gets to play with kangaroos and wallabies (hence her passion for being a writer of animal books)!
- Favorite place to visit every summer: Monterey Peninsula in Northern California, where she can experience the sea and all of its creature comforts
- Favorite place to live: Houston, Texas, where you can find every kind of animal (and animal books)!