Welcome to my website! Here's some info about me... I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Great Neck on Long Island, a suburb of New York City. I have two older brothers. As a kid, I had a lot of pets, loved to read, played piano, and wrote a lot of stories, too. My mom mostly stayed at home to raise me and my brothers and to do the work around the house. She also sometimes taught in the New York City public schools. My dad worked as a guidance counselor in the New York City school system too.

 

I went to an alternative public high school without grades. I majored in math in college (Brown University). I had a lot of odd jobs then including pumping gas one summer at Yellowstone Park.

 

 

Me as a Kid

My Bio Page

After college, I volunteered for a year as a teacher in Haiti, then went on to teach high school in Los Angeles and to help run an elementary afterschool. I've also developed curriculum for a nonprofit in Chicago that helps city kids prepare for college. I love to travel, too, and whenever I could save up money I took trips to faraway places as a backpacker.

 

I've been writing stories since I was a kid and in my spare time while I worked as an adult. Finally I decided to write anovel for real. I always wrote for children. It's hard to say why except that those are the stories I can tell

best. My writing schedule is simple: write write write and take a long walk when I need to plan ahead or when I'm stumped. I write early drafts in notebooks--two at a time so that I can rewrite from one into the other. I switch back and forth between outlining and just writing to see where it leads me. I think one important thing about writing is to finish the story. I can tell a story best when I know how it ends. Right now

I also do storytimes for younger kids at the local library and occasionally run a workshop with four or five kids who love writing stories.

 

In 2010, I was picked as the Children's-Writer-in-Residence by Thurber House, a residency offered to one children's book writer a year in honor of author and humorist James Thurber. I got to live in Thurber's house in downtown Columbus, now a literary center and museum. Thanks Thurber House! That was a terrific experience and helped me write my second book.

 

 

I'm at work on my third and fourth kids books.