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Biography

Brenda at Book Signing

An award-winning author and former chimpanzee keeper, Brenda Scott Royce is happiest when her work indulges her love of both beasts and books. Her novels include MONKEY LOVE (Penguin/NAL), about a stand-up comedienne who becomes the temporary guardian of a pint-sized primate, and its sequel, MONKEY STAR, which follows heroine Holly Heckerling to Hollywood and an impromptu stint as an animal wrangler for a feature film. Her short story "Alphabet Games" won Grand Prize in the 84th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

 

Recent children's books include CHANCE'S CHOICE and ONE WORDY BIRD, the first two titles in the ASPCA Paw Pals series; CHAMPION'S NEW SHOES and BAILEY THE WONDER DOG (ASPCA Pet Rescue Club series); HORSES! (Animal Planet); THE DATE (Darby Creek); DIG IT! DINOSAURS (cowritten with Corinna Bechko), AMAZING ANIMALS, PREDATORS, and SHARKS! (Smithsonian/Silver Dolphin Press). She also scripted several episodes of the Disney Junior animated series, CHUGGINGTON. 

 

Brenda has edited Zoo View, the award-winning magazine of the Los Angeles Zoo, for more than a decade. She has abridged 100+ books for audio, including bestsellers by Al Gore, David Baldacci, Janet Evanovich, Sara Paretsky, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Jackson, Nicholas Sparks, Elizabeth Lowell, Jane Heller, Stephen J. Cannell, and Michael Crichton.   

 

She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), a founding member of Children's Media Association/L.A., member of the animation caucus of Writer's Guild of America/West, and an animal rescue/transport volunteer with SoCal Parrot.