This is the website of Ann Downer, author most recently of Shark Baby and Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World, both out in 2013. My award-winning 2011 book, Elephant Talk, explored the surprising science of elephant communication. I’ve been a writer since my teens, and published my first novel, The Spellkey, in 1987. Since then I’ve been writing books about invented worlds and, occasionally, about this one. In between writing  fantasy novels and  nonfiction books for kids, I worked as a science editor on books for grownups. For a long time I thought I ought to keep the fantasy in one place and the science in another, like keeping the mashed potatoes away from the peas. But lately I’m experimenting with the fantasy and the science mixed up together. I like the way it’s turning out.