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 the three AVA books are now out in paperback. My new novel, SPEED OF LIFE, 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 makes a mean paella. I 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 keep heading downnnnnn. More on Wikipedia. If you'd like me to visit or Skype your school, let me know. (In Spanish if you like.)