I currently live on Long Island. I am married, and have three kids. I have a bachelors degree in Mass Communications, but I am looking into going back to school for Early Childhood Education.
I started writing when I was in 5th grade. My teacher that year was big on creative writing, and that was when I fell in love with it. In 7th grade I started writing fan fiction, before trying out some YA fiction. It took me 5 years but I finally finished my first YA novel.
I have to say the Twilight Series because without them I probably would have never found a love for YA novels.
Other authors I love are:
There are a lot more, but these are the major ones who have inspired me.