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Born in Cumberland, Md. in 1957, Alane Ferguson attended the University of Utah

and Westminster College where she

studied journalism. Later, Alane became

interested in writing for children, mostly,

she says, to follow the example of her

mother, Gloria Skurzynski.   

Alane and her mother subsequently

co-authored a series for National Geographic's Children's Book Division.

Their novel, Wolf Stalker,

was the first work of fiction National Geographic had published in its 109 year history, and it was nominated for the 1998 Mystery Writer's of America 's Edgar Allan Poe Award. A recipient of the 1990 Edgar Allan Poe award for Show Me The

Evidence, Alane was also nominated

for an Edgar for her second young-adult

mystery, Overkill, and in 2007 for The Christopher Killer, the first title in her "Forensic Mysteries."  For her forensic mysteries, she does intensive research, including attending autopsies and interviewing forensic pathologists.

She won the Children's Crown Classic Award for Cricket and the Crackerbox Kid, American Booksellers Association's "Pick of the List" for her picture book entitled That New Pet, and has been on numerous ALA award lists.


This is what Alane has to say about herself:

Kids often talk to me about what worries them, what excites them, what makes them laugh, and why. I pay attention to what they're saying and take their concerns seriously. Though I would never betray the secrets of
these young people, they make me aware of the kinds of difficulties - and joys - that fill their world, and these things I can and do write about.

"It's a joy to receive letters from children. When they connect with me, I feel as though I'm spinning stories for an ever-widening circle. Elizabeth, CO, where I live now, is the perfect spot for me to gather new writing ideas, for nature surrounds me. My husband, Ron, loves to hear about the stories and the characters that crowd inside my head. At times we sit on our deck and watch the Colorado sky and talk of these imaginary personalities as if they were real people, who can think and feel and walk out of my fingers and onto the page. It's a marvelous reward for putting my thoughts on paper!"