I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which I’m proud of because I think it sounds exotic and because I know how to spell Albuquerque. But really I only lived there for a year before my parents and I moved back to the area around New York City. That’s where I’ve spent my whole life (so much for Albuquerque).
Today I live in Connecticut (also tricky to spell, and very pretty, though not exotic). I live with my husband and four children who are 8, 14, 19, and 22. My mother-in-law lives with us too. My parents, my grandmother, my brother and sister-in-law and three nieces all live right around us. This makes me very happy.
When I’m not with my family, or working on Storyworks, a great magazine for kids, or writing, I like to be with my friends. I met my two best friends when I was 11 years old, and I still talk to one or the other almost every single day.
As I get older, I try harder and harder to learn new things. Learning to write a novel for young people was a process that took many, many years. This year I learned how to create this web site (which was really fun). I also learned to bake perfect chocolate chip cookies (the secret: put the dough in the fridge for an hour or so before you bake them). And I learned how to hike in the wildneress. My first time, my friend and I got lost and a mysterious old man appeared from nowhere to help us. Otherwise we might still be there. We learned our lesson (bring a compass and good maps.)
I’m still thinking about what to learn next year.
Read this recent interview I did with a lovely woman named Sally Allen.