I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana much like Lake Haven, the fictional town in my first middle grade novel, TALL TALES. Like most writers, I've been writing since I was young. I wrote my first short story in fourth grade and my first novel at age 16. I studied journalism in college, and when I graduated I moved to the East coast and wrote for newspapers and magazines. I wrote articles about health and fitness and the local zoo and anything else you can imagine. I did the last interview with tennis great Arthur Ashe before he died. I traveled and met lots of interesting people, but I still wanted to write fiction.
So I got down to writing full time in 1999 and over the next twelve years published three middle grade novels, TALL TALES, NO CREAM PUFFS and A MILLION MILES FROM BOSTON, all with Random House. In addition to middle grade, I am increasingly interested in complex family and relational issues, especially those involving friendships between women. I’LL STAY, my first novel for adult readers, grew out of a short story I’d written twenty years ago. In it, I examine the complicated ties that bind two female friends.
I received a BA in Journalism from Indiana University and a MA in English Literature from DePaul University. While studying for my doctorate at New York University (where I am ABD), I taught undergraduate composition classes. Currently, I teach writing for children at Grub Street in Boston, MA.
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