I grew up in Southwest Michigan in a house full of books. My parents—especially my mom—read to me from an early age and didn’t stop until I left for college. I loved realistic fiction, fantasy, and science fiction the best.When I was eight, I attempted my first novel, about a tomboy princess joining forces with elves and fairies to overthrow the evil king and queen. It was seven pages long. Twenty-five years later, my agent, Steven Chudney, sold Starting from Here to Marshall Cavendish.I now live in the Chicago area and work as a youth services librarian at a public library. When I’m not writing, reading, or working, you can find me messing around on the piano or guitar, riding my bike, baking, or playing with my dogs.