Award-winning author Dori Butler grew up in a small
family in a small town in southern Minnesota. Without a lot of children to
play with, Ms. Butler began writing at a young age to keep herself
entertained and, as she says, “never really quit!”
Ms. Butler has never had what she considers a “real” job aside from working in her county library for
three years in high school. She began her published career writing for
magazines, with stories in Highlights for Children, Children's
Digest, and Child Life. She was also a ghostwriter for the
popular Sweet Valley TwinsSeries and continues to ghostwrite
for the Boxcar Children Series. She has written numerous children's
and middle-school books since, and she has books on the IRA's Children's
Choice lists in ten different states.
Butler was inspired to write this book because of her sons' fascination with
firefighting when they were little and because of her father-in-law, who is
a retired fire marshal. She loves
reading, hiking, biking, and board games. She walks four miles, jogs three,
or bikes twelve miles every morning but would always rather be writing. She
has lived throughout Minnesota and Iowa. She now resides in Coralville,
Iowa, with her husband, two sons, and assorted pets.
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