I’m a Young Adult fiction writer born and raised in northern New Jersey and currently living in the wilds of Chicago (where I dream of one day returning to the land of thin-crust pizza).

I graduated from Harvard University in 2008 with a degree in History and Literature (you can find out more about the program here. It is seriously awesome.).

After graduation, I worked for three years as a journalist for Bloomberg Radio in New York City. It was a fantastic, wild first job where I covered a range of topics from nitty-gritty economics to sports to arts to health and sciences.

Eventually, though, the novel sitting on my hard drive grew and developed, and I discovered that even a ten-hour day at the office couldn’t keep me from spending an hour or two every night writing. With my then-fiancé living and studying in Chicago, I made a decision: quit my job, get married, move to Chicago, and write full time.

Since arriving in Chicago in September 2011, I’ve spent my days writing (and blogging about writing). My work spans a variety of genres—hard sci-fi, political dystopian, and historical fantasy—but it all focuses on the theme I find most interesting: that tumultuous, defining moment in a teenager’s life where they have to figure out who they really are and what they really stand for.

I'm represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc, and I currently live in Chicago with my husband, Dave, and Abby, my chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd.