M. R. Hooley is a retired US Navy veteran, award-winning artist and woodcarver, and author of several rhyming children’s picture books. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Hooley earned a degree in Anthropology, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. A gypsy in his younger days, he has lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin (Go Badgers!), California and, for a short time, the beautiful island of Oahu. Aside from his artistic endeavors, he enjoys camping, hiking and adding to a sizable ukulele collection!
After bouncing around for far too long, Hooley and his wife have settled in southwest Virginia, where they live happily with Kitty, Spare, Weener, and Squeakers.