Here’s the important stuff:
I grew up in Evanston, IL, then went to Harvard and got a degree in photography. (Yes, that is possible. Although they like to call the visual arts “Visual and Environmental Studies,” for some unknown reason.) Then I spent the next three years as a freelance lighting designer for various theaters throughout the Northeast. Eventually, I got tired of hanging out on ladders and wrestling with faulty electrical equipment for 80 hours a week while getting paid almost nothing, so I spent the next four years working as a photographer for the Metropolitan Opera. Now I live in Brooklyn with my two kitties, Vivian and Sophia, and write full-time. I’m represented by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell.
And here’s some less important stuff:
If I had to pick a superpower, I’d choose teleportation. My favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus. I once commissioned a song about the proper use of fire extinguishers. I can do the complete “Thriller” dance, which I hope will help me blend in during the zombie apocalypse. If I could only eat foods beginning with one letter for the rest of my life, I would choose the letter P. I spent most of preschool pretending to be Curious George. Someone once dumped a bucket of water onto my head from her fire escape because I was talking too loudly outside her apartment. I keep detailed spreadsheets to track every book I buy and read. If you make me cookies, I’ll love you forever. (Actually, let’s be honest… I’ll probably love you forever if you just buy me cookies.)