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Schomp is the author of more than eighty nonfiction titles for
young readers and adults. She has created several series for Marshall
Cavendish's Benchmark Books division, including *Prehistoric World*
(15 books on dinosaurs, grades 2+), *Letters from the Homefront/Letters
from the Battle-front* (10 books on America's wars, grades 6+),
and *Myths of the World* (12 books on the beliefs and myths of
ancient cultures, grades 6+). In addition, she has published curriculum-based
titles on ancient civilizations, world communities, New York State,
and American biographies. Her titles for adults include guidebooks
for investors, consumers, and caregivers.
Better Business Bureau A to Z Buying Guide was selected
as one of the top ten reference books for 1991 by the New York
Public Library. Four of her titles in the *Myths of the World*
series -- The Ancient Greeks, The Ancient Egyptians,
The Native Americans, and The Norsemen -- are
included on Bank Street College's 2008 Best Children's Books of
the Year. The Rise of Jim Crow, from the *Drama of African-American
History* books, that she wrote with James Haskins and Kathleen
Benson, won the 2009 Carter G. Woodson Book Award (middle level).
lives in Monticello, New York.
Her Own Words:
the day I sounded out my first words and entered the enchanting
world of Dick and Jane, I've known that I wanted to be a writer.
As a youngster, I read every book I could get my hands on and
experimented with everything from poetry and short stories to
plays and opera librettos. After graduating from Penn State with
a B.A. in English Literature, I set out to take the publishing
world by storm. A year later, I was typing letters and making
coffee at a tiny community newspaper, and glad to have the job.
took ten years and three career moves to work my way up the ranks
from secretary to marketing manager to managing editor and finally
editorial director at a small New York publishing company. My
first break as an author came when the company's president asked
if I would be interested in ghostwriting a title for a new client.
The assignment involved long hours, hard work, and little pay.
I loved it.
that first book, I've worked full-time as a freelance editor and
writer, focusing mainly on nonfiction titles for young readers.
I can't imagine a better career. Every day I get to learn something
new, whether that means exploring the love lives of dinosaurs,
the letters of Civil War soldiers, or the development of writing
in Mesopotamia. I've found that there is no better way to thoroughly
understand a topic than by researching a variety of sources, sifting
out the essential information, and striving to present the facts
in a manner that will be clear, concise, accurate, and entertaining
to young readers.
benefit of my work is that it brings me in contact with students.
Speaking to school groups is a wonderful way to find out what
children are learning and what they would like to learn, what
bores them and what engages them. From time to time, a boy or
girl will ask a remarkably thoughtful question about the mechanics
or inspiration behind the writing process. When that happens,
I feel I've come full circle -- that I've been given a chance
to offer encouragement to a young writer who might well have been
enchanted by the world of Dick and Jane.