Debbie Bulger grew up roaming among the lakes and apple orchards of Leominster, Massachusetts. Even as a young girl in grade school, she knew it was wrong that the Nashua River ran blue or red from the dyes dumped by the paper mills upstream.
Writing has always been an important part of her life. She still has the first rejection slip she received at the age of 11. She was the editor of her high school paper.
Bulger has taught high school English; served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia during the 1960s; worked in libraries; edited award-winning newsletters, written numerous articles and brochures, served as product manager for a major hospital chain, and was a women’s healthcare consultant.
She has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Communication from the University of Memphis. Her favorite pastimes include peak climbing and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. She lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband Richard Stover.
Richard Stover was born in Niagara Falls, New York moving to Richardson, Texas in Junior High School. From an early age he was fascinated by astronomy and built telescopes as a high school student, even hand grinding the glass mirrors and lenses. He attended North Texas State University as a physics major and earned a PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas.
His knowledge of computer programing enabled him to write software to create the maps in Secret Walks & Staircases in Santa Cruz.
Stover worked for 30 years as a research astronomer for Lick Observatory. A skilled amateur photographer, Stover’s photos have appeared in several regional publications. His favorite pastimes include backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, photography and woodworking. He lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife Debbie Bulger.