Penny Watson

PENNY WATSON is a dachshund-lover, botanist, and award-winning author of quirky fiction. Titles include THE KLAUS BROTHERS SERIES, LUMBERJACK IN LOVE, APPLES SHOULD BE RED (finalist for the CoRWA Award of Excellence), and A TASTE OF HEAVEN (winner of 2016 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award).

She has presented writing workshops all over New England, and in 2013 she co-hosted the Indie Author Symposium, a two-day conference for self-published authors.

Penny has an A.B. from Vassar College and an M.S. from Cornell University.

She lives in Rhode Island with her Filipino-American family.


Penny's alter ego, Nina Clark, wrote a children's book with artist Sara Pulver. Check out their LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE blog.


Extra 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...

Penelope's I Wanna Stay Alive Diet And Exercise Plan 
Is Your Heart Trying To Tell You Something
Penelope's Heart Healthy Diet  
Tips for Heart Health
Penny has a M.S. in plant taxonomy and horticultural science from Cornell University. 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 multicultural 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, Iceland, and more.

She is obsessed with dachshunds and attends the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC as often as possible.