MARISA FIFE was inspired to write the Ninja Squirrel series out of a love for animals and a fascination with nature. Some of her favorite animal books growing up were The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and the Redwall series by Brian Jaques.


Marisa enjoys creating rich, mythical worlds filled with animal characters who might appear very different from us, but at heart, are deeply human. While she's writing, she often illustrates her ideas. The curious winged creature on the bottom of this page is the Beast Monster named Chewie. (He is not in the Ninja Squirrel series but appears - and disappears - in other tales).

If you would like to send her any drawings of your favorite characters in her books, she would love to see them.

Chewie would also be delighted.