• I write stuff for a living. Mostly novels for young adults, but also short stories, essays, journals, and overly ambitious to-do lists.

  • Before I wrote stuff for a living, I spent ten wonderful years as a high school English teacher.

  • I have three daughters, each born a year apart. They're pretty awesome.

  • I knew I was going to marry my husband halfway through our first date.

  • I was a vegetarian in high school, except that I hated vegetables. So a more accurate description is that I was a mozzarella stickatarian.

  • My great-great uncle killed John Dillinger. Our family sold his gun at auction in 2009 for a modest sum.

  • My mom's sister is married to my dad's brother (yes, it's legal, and it's more common than you think, especially in Chicago, which is a very small town that just so happens to be inhabited by three million people.).

  • My favorite poem in the whole world is William Butler Yeats's "Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven."

  • My favorite poem in this particular moment is Yu Xiuhua's "Crossing Half of China To Sleep with You."

  • I read about a book a week.

  • One of my greatest goals in life is to visit all fifty states. I've got ten left to go. So if you own a bookstore in Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Delaware, Vermont, Alabama, New Hampshire, or Utah and are interested in doing an author event, LET'S TALK.

  • My spirit animal is a wire-haired fox terrier.