I was born in Los Angeles and lived there until elementary school. It was at the boarding school I attended in New Hampshire where I first began writing compulsively, first in my oh-so-private journal and then, with the encouragement of a very influential English teacher, I started writing short stories. My love for the written language inspired me to study English at UCLA, and then to continue my studies in creative writing in New York City after moving to the east coast to work in advertising.
These days I live in Brooklyn with my dog Maxim. I decided to start writing a series of YA books based on a fictitious boarding school to combine the glamour of having rich/celebrity parents with the hard, inescapable realities of teenage life: broken hearts, crushes, annoying parents, friendships and jealousy, and overall, how much it can suck not being old enough to have control over your life yet. Because I wasn’t attending boarding school for the prestige but more for convenience of having one address for four years, I was surrounded by girls who were a lot prettier and wealthier than me, and became a careful observer of the culture in which I never really quite fit.
When I’m not writing stories about teenage girls attending the fictitious Treadwell Academy, I am writing copy for websites and banner ads at an advertising agency, procrastinating by taking my dog on really long walks, shopping for cheese, hosting dinner parties (I love to entertain!) and rocking out to the Beastie Boys.