I grew up in the Hudson Valley, 70 miles north of New York City. The youngest of four children, my childhood was pretty typical. I attended undergraduate school at SUNY Albany where I majored in English with a minor in French. In 1996 upon graduation I moved to Southern California where I lived for 10 years. There I got my graduate degree in English at Cal State Long Beach while working at United Healthcare. In 2006 I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina for a year before returning to New York in 2007.