Q: Why did you write SHARKS?
A: When I was a new scuba diver, my husband Marty and I were resting on the dive boat, between dives. Our son, Jim, came up to say that we had to go diving again to see a nurse shark below. He said it was a harmless “nurse shark.” Like most people at that time, I thought all sharks were dangerous. But we went diving down and I did see the shark but the shark didn’t even bother to look at me. It didn’t bite off my toe or do anything sharky I thought it might do. That encounter led to more research and reading and asking questions and I learned that only a handful of sharks out of over 300 species are harmless. I wrote SHARKS to tell children the truth about sharks.