About the author

Betty is a lifelong learner and science student. She has been an amateur astronomer and active member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for many years. Her profession as an educational science editor sparked an interest in writing. Elizabeth Goes to Mars!, Betty’s third book, is the first in her Elizabeth series.

She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in a Toronto suburb. All her life she has been an art and science student. In fact, when Betty began looking into universities, she had hoped to take an art conservation program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. This program combines art and science! However, that did not happen, and she ended up completing her Bachelor of Science degree with the University of Waterloo, of which she is very proud. 

For most of Betty’s professional life, she has been an editor. Over the past 20 plus years she has been an educational science editor specializing in physics and astronomy. Betty used to work mainly on high school science textbooks that covered the curricula for various Canadian provinces: Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. But one day the publisher she works most with invited her to work on grade 4 material for a book for Newfoundland and Labrador. Well, that was it! Turns out she loves working on material for that grade level. 

Then a few years ago another publisher hired Betty to write two short STEM readers for the U.S. market. After that experience, and after a few years working on elementary school level material, she began to envision her own series of readers to support elementary school science curricula. This is how the Elizabeth series was born.  Betty has learned that it is a very different experience being the author instead of the editor!