I am a joyful and curious soul who acknowledges that Life is good but is sometimes a challenge. I like who I am even when I walk in the shadows instead of the sunshine.

S. M. Hart is my pen name, and I am the author of The Book of Rhino. I earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and taught at a large urban high school in Fresno, California for over twenty years. I used stories, folk and fairy tales, poetry and prose to teach a variety of mathematics subjects from algebra to calculus.

The teaching experience allowed me to investigate the connection between mathematics and imagination, between the prosaic and the poetical.  Working with teenagers gave me insight into the way they think and their interests.  It also developed my personal style of storytelling and greatly exercised my sense of humor. My debut novel, The Book of Rhino ~ The Revelation, is a historical fantasy based in part on my experiences as a teacher.

I am originally from Durango, Colorado and now live in central California with my husband.