Rosalyn Schanzer was born into a family of artists and storytellers who inspired a love of exploration and adventure. Schanzer feels equally at home buried inside a dusty history book as she does traveling the world from the Galapagos Islands to the Africa plains to the Andes Mountains.
In her early professional life, Schanzer focused on her illustration skills and painted pictures for greeting cards, posters, children’s games, and books. Although she loves being an illustrator, Schanzer realized that what she really wanted to do was bring together her own words with her illustrations. So, in 1993, she started writing the kinds of books she wanted to read as a child: great adventure stories about real events and people in history. Schanzer revels in the research and becoming a kind of history detective — discovering things about people and the past that no one knew before.
Schanzer is an avid photographer, champion swimmer, chocolate-lover, and active member of I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids), a community of writer’s dedicated to writing and promoting great children’s nonfiction. Schanzer currently lives in Fairfax Station, Virginia with her husband Steve.