Pseudonym: Penny Pike.
I’ve been writing since I read my first Nancy Drew in
6th grade. Since then I’ve had over 50 books
published, fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children.
I’ve been lucky — my books have won national
awards, garnered excellent reviews, and have been printed in
14 countries, including Russia, France, Spain, Germany,
Holland, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, India, Israel,
Poland, Japan, and China. My best-sellers include Healthy
Snacks for Kids, Kids’ Party Games and
Activities, Best Party Book, Games People
Play, Kids’ Holiday Fun, Learn to Sign
the Fun Way, Baby Play and Learn, Kids
Pick-A-Party, and Kids’ Party Cookbook.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a
Master’s degree in Special Education, and I’ve
been teaching child development at the local college for
over 20 years. I also teach writing tips at conferences
across the country, including Pikes Peak, Whidbey Island,
San Francisco, Jack London, and dozens of others. I belong
to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, SCBWI,
Women Writing the West, and California Writers Club.
And I’ve appeared on television featuring ideas from
my books, including the national Dr. Spock PBS series,
“Parent Sense,” the “Later Today”
show, “HGTV,” “Channel 7 News,”
“People Are Talking,” “Mornings on
2,” and dozens of others. In my spare time, I write a
weekly newspaper column on family life and I contribute to
popular websites including NancyDrewForever.com,
BalloonTime.com, OrientalTradingCompany.com, ToysRUs.com,
BirthdaysRUs.com, Evenflo.com, DrSpock.com,
Fisher-Price.com, ParentalWisdom.com, iParty.com, and
Party411.com. My husband Tom and I write interactive
mysteries as fundraisers for libraries across the country.
I live in Danville, California, have two grown children, and
two adorable grandchildren.
How to Dine on Killer Wine, July 2012
How to Party with a Killer Vampire, October 2011
How to Survive a Killer Séance, March 2011
How to Crash a Killer Bash, August 2010
How to Host a Killer Party, February 2010