Eric Pinder first learned to love weather and mountains in his hometown of Cobleskill in upstate New York, where as a child he watched the stars and lunar eclipses with a toy telescope. After graduating from Hampshire College, Pinder began his writing career when he published a travel guide to Maine's Baxter State Park. In the spring of 1995, he started work at the Mount Washington Observatory. He wrote three books during his time at the Observatory, and for two years edited Windswept, the Observatory’s membership magazine.
Pinder left the Observatory in 2002 to pursue his writing more fully. He became interested in children’s literature, and his book Cat in the Clouds, based on the adventures of the Observatory’s cat Nin, came out in 2009 from History Press. Pinder continues to live in Berlin, New Hampshire and teaches Nature Writing and Writing for Children at Chester College of New England.