Carolyn Combs is a former molecular biologist who now shares her passion for the natural world with children through writing. She still loves doing research, but does it at the library, online, and by speaking to scientists rather than in the laboratory. She has fond childhood memories of hearing beavers slap their tails on the pond behind her house and of waiting for the peacock to fan out his tail at the local petting farm. These memories, along with her curiosity about animal communication, helped inspire her to write her 2020 debut picture book, What’s This Tail Saying? Carolyn lives in Michigan with her husband, son, a cat, and a poodle, who loves hiking and trick training as much as she does. Find her at carolyncombsbooks.com, on Twitter @carolynscombs, and on Instagram @carolyncombswriter.