Ann Marie Stephens
As a child, Ann Marie found being sent to her room anything but punishment. Usually upon her release, she would debut her latest story, complete with construction-paper characters and a portable stage curtain. She made the easy decision to become an author in 5th grade, after composing an ode to her recently deceased dog and reading it aloud to her class. Following her graduation from Virginia Tech, Ann Marie became an elementary teacher and has shared the thrill of writing with her students for over 25 years. While they publish books within her classroom, she publishes books outside of it, like SCUBA DOG (little bee books), CY MAKES A FRIEND (Boyds Mills Press), and the forthcoming ARITHMECHICKS ADD UP, and ARITHMECHICKS TAKE AWAY (Boyds Mills Press.) When she isn’t putting pen to paper (yes, she still writes the old-fashioned way), Ann Marie likes to scuba dive, practice yoga and travel the world (with a goal of seeing all seven continents). She lives in Virginia with her soul mate, Scott, in the dream house he built for them.