First of all, I know my dress looks like a newspaper. Trust me, it's a hit on school visits--and my parents were journalists. I’m from Armonk, New York, but live in Manhattan. I'm a Phi Beta Kappa comp lit graduate of Yale, with an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury. I've been on Today, Oprah and The View, and my three AVA books are in paperback. Here's a pic of me in Illinois recently with my new novel, SPEED OF LIFE, which got starred reviews in SLJ, PW, Booklist and Kirkus! Newbery Medalist Richard Peck calls it a "wonderful book that takes us from love to laughter." Speed of Life took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to write and I'm pumped that it's a New York Post "Required Reading."

What else? I’m big on cats and walks and art museums, and my husband Rob is a writer who is the property master for the SNL film unit. We have two daughters; one works for NBC and one co-started Birch Benders Micro-Pancakery. My sense of direction is pathetic, but I’m a good skier because, well, you just head downnnnnn. More on Wikipedia. Want me to visit or Skype your school? Just let me know.