Born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta, Diane Swanson was always a “nature nut”. She loved to collect rocks and watch bugs. When she grew up, she went to the University of Alberta, graduating with an honors degree and a gold medal in the social sciences. She taught in the West Indies for two years, then moved to Ottawa where she researched water resources for the Canadian government.#While raising two children, she began writing magazine articles and books for kids, focusing mostly on science and nature topics. She’s had more than 70 books published – plus more than 450 magazine articles.