I grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (the “Little Apple”), where I sang with the show choir and wrote for my high school newspaper. While majoring in voice performance at the University of Kansas I decided I had no business trying to make a career as an opera singer and transferred to journalism school, where nobody cares if you can hit a high C or convincingly portray a Valkyrie. I went on to work as a reporter, copywriter, editor and producer.
I now live in Cincinnati with my husband and daughters, and still sing when my schedule allows—most recently with the May Festival Chorus, the official choir of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. RIVAL (2011, HarperTeen) is my debut novel. My work also can be seen in the DEAR BULLY anthology, published by HarperCollins. I am represented by Holly Root at the Waxman Literary Agency.