Thanks for taking the time to get to know me better!

I was born in Philadelphia, and I grew up in its suburbs. I guess we have to do the credentials part of our show: I went to my local high school and then to Harvard, where I majored in English. After a year or two of feeling entirely intimidated by the place, I found my stride and went on to receive the Charles Edmond Horman Prize and the Baron Russell Briggs Prize for my creative writing. My senior thesis, a novella, won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, and I graduated with honors. If we met in person, I would never bother with this stuff, I only mention it here so I sound like a legitimate person who has a website.

In real life, my proudest accomplishments are more along the lines of:

  1. My best friend today is the same girl who was my best friend in sixth grade.
  2. I'm not squeamish—I'm not afraid to muck out a horse stall, remove a spider from my bathroom, or dress a wound.
  3. I taught my dog two tricks, and occasionally he actually does them when someone else is watching.

My mother is Lisa Scottoline. She's a bestselling author, my best friend, and my hero. Growing up, I watched my mother persevere through a divorce, financial difficulty, a career change, and a first novel that never got published. I then had the privilege of watching her writing career take off and change our lives. We have been through a lot together and we've always been close, but she's never pressured me to follow in her footsteps. The fact that I share her passion for writing is a coincidence, that I have the courage to try was all her.

Together, my mother and I write a weekly humor column in The Philadelphia Inquirer called "Chick Wit." I contribute once a month to offer a younger perspective on our wacky family and life in general, and if you aren't an Inquirer subscriber, you can find a selection of my columns here. The column has been published as a series of collections of essays. The first and the second, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, and My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space, have some of my essays but not my name on it. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, and Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, have my name on the cover! Hopefully it won't be the last time they cram all those letters on a book cover.

Currently, I live in New York City with my dog, Pip. When I'm not writing, I'm probably taking cell phone pictures of Pip and marveling at how cute he is, so if you want to see those, he has his very own page here. I am working on a novel, and I'll update you on my progress here.

Again, I appreciate you taking the time to get to know me. I've always thought that there are two types of writers, neither better than the other; there are those who look inward and write to explore themselves, and those who look outward and write to share stories and connect with others. I am the latter. So please don't hesitate to contact me via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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