When I was growing up, I never thought I'd become a writer. I thought only people who wrote stories become writers. And I didn't write stories! But I was always drawing and writing something. I wrote letters to toy companies, illustrated and wrote my own comics, kept a diary, and loved writing skits and parodies of songs.
While I'd always loved school, middle school was pretty miserable for me, and I decided I needed a legit way out. So I wrote up an idea for my favorite TV sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and sent it to the studio, hoping that I'd land a staff position on the show by the end of algebra. As it happens, this did not happen. But for several years, the show's producer corresponded with me and it was thrilling to think of my letters flying all the way to Hollywood. Surely in Studio City, there was no gym class.
I was lucky to have parents who made books a big part of my life, and I never outgrew my love for children's books. After college in NYC, I moved to the Boston area and worked in children's book publishing. Later, I worked as a children's book reviewer and as an illustrator for an educational publisher. I started writing books for kids while raising my two daughters, and in 2007, received my MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
When I'm not writing, I enjoy narrating audiobooks at the Perkins School for the Blind, reading, theater, and taking walks, especially ones that end up at a good bakery.