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My story

I am from a small suburb of Albany, New York, where the most exciting thing to do as a teenager was park somewhere illegally. I grew up with three sisters—two older, one younger—in a household with one phone line and a seniority rule, so I spent most nights talking on the phone at 3 am, pausing every few minutes to listen in fear for my father’s footsteps. After high school, I moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, Columbia University, where I double majored in Psychology and English and got rejected from the Poetry department. I always loved writing, but it wasn’t until a few years after graduation that I started writing fiction and taking it seriously. My first original board book, Mister Doodle: C Is for City, came out in 2011, followed shortly by the second book in the series, Mister Doodle: A Color for Sketch. The first two books in my middle grade series, Happily Ever Afterlife come out from Scholastic in Scholastic Clubs and Fairs in Fall of 2016, and will be in stores Summer 2017.


I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I work full-time as a Senior Editor in children’s publishing at Scholastic.


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