Marcie Wessels was born in Wisconsin on August 17. She surprised her family by arriving two months earlier than expected and weighed only 2 pounds and 13 ounces! Marcie’s father, Dennis, was a salesman for a pharmaceutical company. After he accepted a job in Ohio, the family moved to Mansfield. Marcie’s mother, Mary Jean, was a stay at home mom. Every week, she and Marcie would visit the library together. Marcie loved to sit in the stacks and pick out books to take home. Some of Marcie’s favorites were The House at Pooh Corner, The Little Engine That Could, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and a collection of poems by Eugene W. Field. Marcie asked her Mom to read “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” so often, she wore the book out. Marcie’s love of books and her fondness for rhyme began at an early age. Although she admired writers, she never thought she could grow up to be one. Marcie decided to do the next best thing – she became a teacher because they get to read, write and talk about books. In college, Marcie studied literature in two languages, English and Spanish. Eventually, she went on to get a Ph.D. in Latin American literature. Marcie moved to California in 2002 and taught Spanish for several years at a local university. Before Marcie even had kids, she would sit in the children’s section at the bookstore and dream of writing a children’s book. She didn’t pursue her dream until after her children were born. Marcie lives in San Diego with her husband and their two children. PIRATE'S LULLABY: MUTINY AT BEDTIME (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, August 25, 2015) is Marcie’s first picture book.