I've always loved to write stories and poems. In fact, I wrote my first book when I was in elementary school. It was called "The Sad Shape," and it was about a circle who wanted legs. I still have that book! I bring it with me on school visits to show that all writers have humble beginnings.

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived in five states by the time I was eleven. Moving around so much made me a student of human nature. You have to pay close attention when you're always the new kid in town. To this day, one of my favorite things to do is people-watch. I never get tired of watching people go by, asking myself, I wonder what the story is behind that person?

Nowadays, I live in a small town about twelve miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I have three kids and one dog, and they're all pretty terrific. When I'm not busy with my kids and my writing, I like to read, go to movies, watch the Celtics and the Patriots, travel, and hang out with my friends. Sometimes, though, I just sit on my front steps and watch the people go by.

Where the Ground Meets the Sky The Boy Who Drew Birds Lost The Lemonade War The Night Is Singing The House Takes a Vacation