Welcome to my website! This is the page about me, so here goes...

 

I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Great Neck on Long Island, a suburb of New York City. My mom and dad worked as a teacher and a guidance counselor in the New York City public school system. I have two older brothers. As a kid, I had a lot of pets, played piano, loved to read, and wrote a lot of stories, too. I went to an alternative public high school without grades. I majored in math in college. I had a lot of odd jobs then including pumping gas one summer at Yellowstone Park.

 

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

Me as a Kid

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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 a novel for real. I always wrote for kids. 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

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

 

long walk when I need to plan ahead or when I'm stumped. I write early drafts in notebooks--two at a