I still have the first story I ever wrote. It’s about a quartet of sailor cats, illustrated with cut-outs from a Meow Mix ad. The tale is based (loosely, mind you) on the kittens who lived next door to me as a child. Today, I find inspiration in my neighborhood, my travels, and my hometown by the sea. When not writing fiction and nonfiction for kids, I work as a freelance writer and children’s book reviewer. I earned a B.A. in English from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I live in Boston with my partner Peter and a cat who’d make an excellent sailor.