Donna Jo Napoli did not grow up wanting to be a writer. She loved books and she loved writing, but she loved just about everything else, too. School was a haven, particularly school libraries. It was after a personal tragedy that she came to writing, almost as a kind of whacked-out therapy. It worked; she got over her grief. But she didn’t get over writing. She has five children and two grandchildren (and she hopes to have a third by the time you read this). She teaches linguistics, gardens, dances, does yoga, bakes bread, pots, and draws. As of 2013 she has over 70 fiction books in print.