Ronny Frishman grew up in the New York City area and started her writing career as a kid penning bad poetry and sappy stories. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and after graduating embarked on a West African adventure with her husband, Alan. She spent 2-1/2 years teaching English in Kano, Nigeria, an experience that shaped her future, informed her world view and stirred her wanderlust.
Following her return to the U.S., she begrudgingly moved to the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, but soon fell in love with the area’s beauty and history, particularly its famous trailblazers — the women’s rights leader Susan B. Anthony and the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglas. Ronny spent more than 30 years writing for newspapers, magazines and other media. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Gannett Rochester Newspapers and as a freelancer contributed to such publications as Ladies’ Home Journal, McCall’s and the Harvard Health Letter. She also taught journalism at the college level and served as managing editor of a scholarly health policy journal for 20 years.
After a career covering everything from dogs suing airlines to nuclear accidents, she decided to take on a new challenge, something she had always wanted to do: share her story-telling and curiosity with children. Thus, for the last several years she has been writing books for young readers. Aside from writing, she enjoys swimming, playing pickleball, reading, traveling and sipping Finger Lakes wine at her cottage on New York’s Keuka Lake. She and her husband have two grown sons and live in Rochester, N.Y.