I grew up in the deep South, where my name is pronounced with extra syllables and my father still boils his own peanuts. As a child I would stay up at night to write little stories by flashlight. And all too frequently I entered teen magazine poetry contests. (I will never forgive you, Seventeen! That was some inspired doggerel!)
When I was 23, I showed up in New York City with $200 to my name and a MA in Creative Writing worth even less than that. I talked my way into an editorial assistant position at Random House and tried to blend in–though it was difficult as I had never seen such exotic things such as EDAMAME. While at Random House, I co-wrote eight YA novels under a pen name with my best friend.
That pen name was May Vanderbilt. (A name I chose on a whim because I thought it was hilarious. Sure wish I had thought that one through.)
In 2006, I moved to San Francisco and fell under the employ of a magical gnome. At Travelocity, I learned the ropes of digital marketing. Today I’m the online marketing manager for the lovely Chronicle Books, where I hold the title of “Least Crafty Employee.”
I’m currently working on a new book–which is being written with the help of my most beloved possession, my Nespresso machine.
When not reading, writing, editing, promoting, or thinking about books, I tend to spend my time outdoors–rock climbing, skiing, hiking, or whatever seems most likely to kill me on any given day. I also love food more than is strictly advised.