As a career biologist, Marian Moore Lewis spent years observing life through the lenses of microscopes. She holds degrees in biology, microbiology and biophysical sciences (biochemistry) and her cell biology experiments have flown on fourteen space shuttle missions. Lewis' keen skills of observation as a scientist and a passion for nature are reflected in her books. An avid bird watcher and naturalist, she has explored rain forests in Costa Rica, jungles and coral reefs in Belize, savannas and mountain areas in Kenya, habitats along canals in France and England, deserts of the American Southwest and mixed wildlife habitats across the United States. She even hunted legendary leprechauns in Ireland. Her skill in blending fact and fantasy is entertaining and informative. Children can identify with Lewis' characters, who happen to be woodland fairies, as they deal with challenges of loss and grief as well as demonstrate ingenuity, courage, joy and growth.
Having spent a childhood exploring fields, forests and streams near her home in the piedmont region of Georgia, Lewis developed a vivid imagination, curiosity and respect for the wild creatures that occupied these habitats. Her fairy stories provide an outlet for her love of the natural world. Her goals are to share this love and respect for nature with today's children and to stimulate awareness with the hope that children will learn to value and protect their environment into the future. Thoreau's quote, "in Wildness is the preservation of the world," is one of Lewis' favorites.