Hi, I'm Mary Sloat. Most authors have websites once they publish a book, but I’ve decided to be optimistic and create this site before that's happened to me. And while I try to make myself laugh (or at least smile) working on my picture books and middle grade novels, I’m also busy doing other stuff.
I like to try new things and most recently what I’ve tried is tap dancing and yoga (though not at the same time). Before that, I tried living in Japan for three years where I taught English and studied aikido, learning how to flip and disarm attackers without punching them. More recently, I’ve tried the flying trapeze and tree climbing a 100-foot-tall tree. (Did I mention I’m afraid of heights?) And when I travel, which I love, every time I step outside my door I try a new food, a new city, or a new language. I once did a backflip off a galloping horse, but I wasn’t trying to do that, it was an accident. Don’t worry, I landed on my feet.
This is the place where authors usually talk about their awards and new books coming out this year, so I’ll just keep writing to fill this space until I have something like that to share. I’m on the Steering Committee for the Writers’ Studio at Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network (BARN). I’m also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
I live with my husband on an island in the Pacific Northwest. We have three children. We used to have a cat, but she died. We used to have a dog, too, but she also died. Both died of old age and in the case of the cat, it was truly doddering old age. We’re not quite ready for another pet yet, but maybe soon.
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