I grew up in the suburbs of New York City, where I always wrote. I started out writing illustrated autobiographical stories in kindergarten, and then journal entries, stories to submit to Seventeen Magazine‘s short story contests, and letters to my pen pals and summer camp friends. I read a lot too, of course. My books were amongst my prized possessions.
When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to pursue musical theater. I loved being on stage, but eventually realized that I cared more about the stories than the performances. In college I switched my focus to creative writing and never looked back. I took a literature class on "Girls’ Books," where we read Little Women, Harriet the Spy, Weetzie Bat, The Golden Compass, and others. I remembered how much I loved stories for children - and still connected with them, even as an adult. That love only grew when I got an MFA in Creative Writing (Writing for Children) from The New School. I'd found my passion! After college, I got an inside look at the publishing world while spending seven years working for a Big 5 publisher. Now, I live in New England, and when I'm not writing fiction or working in education, I'm spending time with my husband and daughter - at the beach, when it's warm enough!