Libby  started writing stories when she was a child; her first sale was a short story to Redbook magazine a year after she graduated from college. It was awhile before Little, Brown published her novel Blow Out the Moon, though. The New York Public Library chose it as a Best Title for Reading & Sharing; it won a Massachusetts Book Award. Children's Literature called the novel "entirely refreshing" and the companion website "a delightful compilation." That website still gets about 30,000 visitors  a month. 

Libby now divides her time between Stonington, Connecticut, and her shepherd's hut on a small Scottish island. She swims in the ocean all year in both places, with the Intrepid Lasses in Stonington and Dip a Day in Scotland. Before becoming a full-time author, Libby had many writing jobs.  She  taught writing to college students at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Harvard Summer School, and later to adults from 18 to 70 at Cupertino Community College in California. During the summer, she designed and taught writing workshops to grades K-6 in various places and had a number of other jobs, too, including documenting the online Shakespeare for Steve Jobs at NeXT.  Her last job was writing part-time for Fidelity's website. That paid enough for her to travel to every continent except Antarctica. While she lived in Boston, she volunteered one day a week at a Boston charter school for boys with learning differences. Now, her interests are swimming in the ocean (especially in the winter!), riding horses, reading, writing, traveling, and cooking—not necessarily in that order.

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Books by Libby Koponen