Karen Cushman lives, works, and procrastinates on misty green Vashon Island near Seattle.  She has published eight books since she started writing at age fifty, including the Newbery Award winner The Midwife’s Apprentice. Ms. Cushman loves the rain and when the weather turns warm and dry, she grumbles and blames the weatherman. She is crazy about anything soft and fuzzy and will someday likely be eaten by a grizzly bear she has tried to embrace. Her husband thinks she is a bit nuts but he has stayed married to her for 46 years so how bad can she be?