Hannah Roberts McKinnon grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut, writing about and drawing animals. The daughter of an English teacher, she spent her early childhood nights falling asleep to the click-clack of her father’s typewriter and adopted his love of words and literature. She attended her first young author’s conference in Mrs. Myers’ third-grade class with her debut story “Rodents on the Range,” a hamster Western, and has not been the same since.
Hannah attended Connecticut College, graduating with a B.A. in English and elementary education. She later traveled to Australia, and earned her M.A. and sixth-year degree in education from Flinders University of South Australia.
After sharing her love of children’s literature with her elementary school students for ten years, Hannah sat down to write her first novel, sneaking writing time during her daughter Grace’s naps. Her second novel, The Properties of Water, is slated to come out in 2010. Hannah is working diligently on her next book, once again stealing minutes to write, this time during the naps of her daughter Finley. She lives in Connecticut with her family and two fine dogs.