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have always written stories, ever
I learned how to write. My
and wacky family, most of
are artists, actors, storytellers,
writers, helped me along. My
was never dull. I grew up in
the oldest house in Princeton , New
, with three brothers and one
There were also four cousins
lived with us after their mother
Computers weren't invented yet
we didn't buy a television until I
eight years old. Most of my
was spent playing Charades,
Hide-and-go-Seek, Monopoly, and
with my siblings and cousins.
also wrote and performed plays.
parents read aloud to us every
There was a legend that a
ghost haunted our house.
soldiers, hired by the British during the Revolutionary War, used
our house as an army barracks during The Battle of Princeton.
We didn't believe in the ghost, but many people in Princeton told
us stories about it. These stories inspired one of my books, The
Because of my love for stories and children, I wanted to write
children's books and edit them. I've been lucky enough to do both.
I worked for 21 years as Editor-in-Chief of Holiday House, Inc.,
a children's book publisher in New York City. I've also worked
at the executive level for other publishers, including Henry Holt
and Company, Golden Books, and Winslow Press. Recently, I've been
directing the trade program at Marshall Cavendish. It allows me
to work at home part of the week, and I'm still able to squeeze
in some writing time. I live in Princeton , New Jersey , in the
same house where I grew up. My husband, John Perkins, and my two
sons, Thomas and Timothy, live with me, as do our two cats, Boomerang