I grew up in Merrick, New York, with my parents, two brothers and a sister. We lived in a red house with a big backyard and a neighborhood full of kids. My dad was a police officer and he was very, very funny! I decided that I wanted to be a police officer when I grew up, too. Or maybe even an FBI agent! When I actually did grow up, I realized I wasn’t actually brave enough to do those jobs!
It was my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Cooper, who first told me that I was a writer. Mrs. Cooper gave me extra writing assignments to encourage me. It was extra homework, but I loved it! I also loved the library – it was one of my favorite places to spend time.
I graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1988 and St. John’s Law School in 1998. After practicing law for a few years in downtown Manhattan, I left my job and decided to write full time. I’ve been writing ever since! Thank you, Mrs. Cooper!