I grew up in New York City back back when subways took tokens and you could buy something called Bubble Yum in stationery stores. I went to Stuyvesant High School, like Thea, my protagonist in Hooked and like Thea, I really sucked at math and science.
But I had books to make me feel better. My parents were both editors and they spent a lot of time commenting to each other from behind their newspapers. They were what you call, "bookish," and some of it must have rubbed off on me. My favorite authors were Marilyn Sachs, early on, then later Lois Duncan, S.E. Hinton and especially Paul Zindel. I had an honest-to-goodness crush on Marsh Mellow, the guy in Pardon Me You're Stepping on my Eyeball. I think it's wonderful when a writer can make that happen.
I went to a small college in Ohio called Kenyon where I learned it was okay to hate math and science if you loved other things, in my case English and Art. When I finished I went back to NYC and got my first job writing for a magazine called 16. It's not around anymore but I had some memorable experiences. I got to go ice-skating with the New Kids on the Block and ask an eleven-year-old Leo DiCaprio what he liked to do on a date.
After that I got a job writing and editing for a technology magazine which led to writing about science and technology for the New York Times. You'd think science and technology wouldn't exactly be my thing, but it turned out I could write about them, I just couldn't do them.
Eventually I got married and started having kids. When I had a baby, in addition to thinking, "This is really hard, this baby thing!" I thought a lot about when I was a kid and how much I'd changed. I started wondering what it would have been like to have a baby when I was much younger. What kind of mistakes would I have made? How would I be different now?
That's how my character in Hooked, Thea, came about. Thea is a senior in high school in New York City who finds herself inadvertently pregnant by her boyfriend, Will. In the middle of all the senior year of high school craziness, Thea convinces Will to keep the baby and raise it together. As you can imagine, her parents are thrilled to pieces and they all live happily ever after...
So that's a bit about me. I hope you enjoy reading Hooked!