My love of words and addiction to surfing the Thesaurus at an early age led me to becoming editor of my high school literary magazine; from there, to the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. After graduating, I moved to New York City where I worked in publishing and film. After 25 years in New York I moved to Santa Fe where I became editor of a magazine and also began my personal history business, Recollections. In 2005 I moved to Berkeley, where I began my love affair with the Bay Area. It was there I began to learn about the dazzling world of the honeybee and the backyard beekeepers who attempt to save them from disappearing. I began interviewing beekeepers and writing Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area.
About the illustrator, Lisa Adamson:
I am a painter and an art teacher, living in upstate New York. For the past five years, I’ve taught Kindergarten through 8th grade art in Ticonderoga, New York and find the children’s excitement about art inspiring. I’ve taught workshops at various places like the Navajo Nation in Arizona in order to gather children’s artwork for the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls, New York. In my studio, I work primarily as an abstract artist. Before moving to upstate New York, I lived in a Gurdjieff community in Vermont where I was the principal of our certified home school. The school was on a farm, so we learned much about working the land and gardening. I was thrilled when my sister asked me to paint some watercolors to illustrate Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area.