Hey, look! It’s me!

Is that how you thought I’d look? Well, I don’t always look that way — you know, like I’m posing for a picture. Sometimes I look like I’m ordering a pizza or catching a frisbee or playing checkers with a llama. OK, I’ve never actually played checkers with a llama, but someday I hope to. It sounds fun. Plus, I’d probably win. Unless it was a really smart llama. I hope if I ever lose at checkers to a llama that nobody’s there to take a picture of it. That would be embarrassing.

Usually, though, I look like this:


That’s me doing my favorite thing, writing books. Sometimes, when I’m writing books, I look like this:


And after a while of that, hopefully, I look like this:


I always say that I write the kind of books I would’ve wanted to read as a kid. Books that make you laugh out loud, where you never know what’s going to happen next, with long, wacky titles and the kinds of characters you don’t get to read about a lot. Oddballs, outcasts, kids who don’t realize how cool and funny and awesome they are.

That’s what I was like. I was a strange kid.

Now I’m a strange grown-up. Most of my favorite writers are strange grown-ups, so I don’t mind. Also, when you get to be a grown-up, you realize that people who fit in with the crowd are usually pretty dull. It’s the ones who stand out who you want to hang around with — and read about, for that matter. So I hope you’ll hang around here, check out my goony books and maybe send me a message and say hi. I’m guessing if you’ve read this far that you’re probably pretty cool, too.

Now, just for fun, here are some quick facts about me. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, just ask!

Birthdate: May 18, 1971

Hometown: Matawan, NJ

Current residence: Burbank, CA

Family: my husband Drew and my twin kids — son Bennett and daughter Sutton

Favorite color: royal blue

Favorite writers (for kids): Tom Angleberger, Judy Blume, Mo Willems, Lemony Snicket, J.K. Rowling

Favorite writer (for adults): David Sedaris

Favorite fictional character: Huckleberry Finn (runner-up: Huckleberry Hound)

Favorite book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Favorite kids’ books: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Favorite TV shows: Simpsons, Freaks & Geeks, Survivor, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Favorite video games: Any Mario Kart or Ratchet & Clank game

Favorite movies: North by Northwest, Heathers, E.T., Bon Voyage Charlie Brown

Favorite musical artists: Howard Jones, Pet Shop Boys

Favorite animal: porcupine

Favorite school subject: math

Favorite place to visit: London

Favorite ice cream flavor: mint chocolate chip

Favorite list: this one