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I grew up . . . in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. Philly is still one of my favorite cities.
I’ve lived. . . all over New York! I spent four years living in Ithaca, NY during college, and still visit as much as I can. After that I spent several years living in New York City, and then eight years living Brooklyn—where I took the subway from the very station that’s home to Raffie. A lot of my inspiration for Raffie on the Run came from walking around my neighborhood in Brooklyn.
I now live . . . with my family in New Jersey. We miss Brooklyn, but we love all the grass and trees and parks in NJ!
I’ve worked . . . on both the marketing and editorial side of children’s book publishing. My favorite part of the job was all the free books! I’m now a full-time author, freelance writer, and Mom!
I studied . . . reading and writing. I have my undergraduate degree in English from Cornell University, and my master’s degree in Writing for Children from The New School. And now. . .I read! I think it’s one of the best ways to study writing. Because of that, I feel like my education will always be a work in progress.
I married . . . the best cook in the world (I’m not biased or anything). His name is Nate and we met our first week of college.
I can’t live without . . . hugs from my kids, dinners with my husband, and phone calls with my parents and sister. Also my morning cup of tea. That’s very, very important.
You can usually find me . . . walking. I grew up with a mom who didn’t drive, so when my dad was at work, my mom, sister and I used to walk everywhere. To this day, I almost always choose walking over driving if I can. It’s been known to drive my husband slightly crazy.
I’ve always wanted . . . to be a writer. My desk at my parents’ house is overflowing with stories and poems and letters dating back as early as first grade. So the fact that I actually AM one now amazes me every day.
I write . . . everywhere and anywhere. Because I get my best ideas when I’m moving around, I often write on my phone so I don’t have to be tied to one place. On any given day I can be found writing in a coffee shop, or in a park, or on the subway, or even while walking. (I know, I know, this is really unsafe, but I love doing it!)

I’m obsessed with . . . chai lattes. The more sugary they are, the better.

Some of my favorite children’s novels are . . . Letters from Rapunzel by Sara Lewis Holmes, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Mandy by Julie Edwards, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The first book series I fell in love with was . . . Friends 4-Ever by Deirdre Corey. I felt like the characters could have been my friends, and I loved all the letters they wrote to each other. I must have read each book at least 8 times! It’s now out of print sadly, but I still have my very worn set.
A secret of mine is . . . I love Disney channel shows. You can never REALLY be too old, right?