Path to Publication

 Mary J. Nickum is a retired librarian, who is now an editor and freelance writer. Her primary focus is on science for the public. She has chosen to extend her science for the public outreach to children.

Mary earned a B.A. degree in English education at Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, a Masters in Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University. She worked as a science librarian at US Environmental Protection Agency, National Water Quality Laboratory in Duluth, MN, as Oceanography/Zoology librarian at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR and as Project Manager of the Fish and Wildlife Reference Service in Rockville, MD.

She is a former editor of The Progressive Fish-Culturist, Editor-in-Chief of the Intermountain Journal of Science, and currently edits the World Aquaculture magazine.

Mary’s articles are published in: Hatchery International, Aquaculture Magazine, Northern Aquaculture and Fish Farming News.

 She is currently working on three nonfiction books for children.

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 Peter C. Stone was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. He attended St. Francsis Xavier High School, and St. Francis College on a Division I Swimming and Water Polo scholarship. Mr. Stone relocated to Arizona in 1992 to begin his teaching career. He later attended Chapman University and received a masters degree in Educational Leadership in 2001. 

Peter resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife, Carrie and three children.

His first published article, "Individuality vs. Conformity: The Issue Behind School Uniforms," received wide acclaim. The article is the eighteenth most read article in NASSP Bulliten history.  NASSP Bulletin is a premier educational resource that has been in existence since 1927.  Since that time, Mr. Stone has penned nearly a dozen poems.

Peter C. Stone is now working on his first detective novel which is due to be completed early next year.