I BOOK ORDERING
in Cumberland, Md. in 1957, Alane Ferguson attended the University
Westminster College where she
studied journalism. Later, Alane became
in writing for children, mostly,
says, to follow the example of her
and her mother subsequently
a series for National Geographic's Children's Book Division.
novel, Wolf Stalker,
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
an Edgar for her second young-adult
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.
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.
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!"