PENNY WATSON is a native Pittsburgher whose love of romance started at the age of twelve when she discovered Gone With The Wind in the middle school library. This resulted in numerous attempts at a first novel involving a young lady with windswept hair who lived in a tree house.
A biologist by training, Penny has worked at various times as a dolphin trainer, science teacher, lacrosse coach, and turfgrass researcher. After taking time off to raise her two spirited children, she decided to rekindle her passion for storytelling. Now she gets to incorporate her wide array of interests--including gardening, cooking, and travel--into her works of fiction.
Penny lives outside of Boston with one fly-fishing crazed husband, two lively Filipino kids, and a wiener dog.
Penny's alter ego, Nina Clark, wrote a children's book with artist Sara Pulver. Check out their LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE blog and Nina's website.
Nina Clark website
LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE blog
Extra Fun Stuff About Penny!
✯ As a high school student, Penny was a volunteer dolphin trainer at the Pittsburgh Aquazoo. She worked with Chuckles the Amazon River dolphin.
✯ She is a heart attack survivor. Here are some links about her health scare and recovery...
Is Your Heart Trying To Tell You Something
Penelope's Heart Healthy Diet
Tips for Heart Health
✯ Penny has an Ivy League graduate-level degree in plant taxonomy and horticultural science. She's published in scientific journals and textbooks, and has conducted research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. She also attended floral design school and started her own business.
Basically, she really really really likes plants.
✯ She has an adoptive, multi-cultural family. Both of her children are adopted from the Philippines, and her husband is Filipino-American.
✯ Penny coached field hockey and lacrosse for many years.
✯ Her reviews as "Penelope" have been quoted by Christine Feehan, Karen Marie Moning, Ava Gray, Meg Maguire, Annette Blair, Jeanine Frost, Theresa Weir, and many more authors.
✯ She co-sponsored the Indie Author Symposium with Marie Force in 2013.
✯ Penny has traveled to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, France, Denmark, the Philippines, Hawaii, and more.
✯ She is obsessed with dachshunds and attends the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC as often as possible.