The Story of Me

The Long Story

I grew up in the small town of Red Hook, New York with my parents, my little sister Sam, and our cat Louie. I loved reading, listening to music and hanging out with friends, and I hated the huge spiders that lived in our basement. 

I went to boarding school for high school. Boarding school was fun but there was also lots of drama. It’s fun to write about now but wasn’t always fun to live through. After high school I took a gap year and lived in Colombia, South America. When I got back I studied history at Bard College, then spent my twenties traveling and working. I helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia, worked as a (not very good) server at a pizza place in Boston, Massachusetts, taught English in Changsha, China, tutored literacy skills in San Francisco, California and taught high school history in Los Angeles, California. Then I moved to New York City and studied writing at The New School.

I still live in New York City with my husband, two kids and our cat Tango. I still love to travel, to read and to hang out with friends. I write books and short stories and I’m back in school again, this time to become a school librarian- only part time because I want to keep writing and also Tango would miss me if I was away from home too long. And that’s my story!


Me with Louie

Me and Louie

Reading at the Bank Street Bookstore (recently closed and already missed)

The Short Version

Daphne is the author of middle grade books Army Brats, (nominated for the Louisiana Reader’s Choice Award) Clementine for Christmas, The Chocolate Challenge and The Angel Tree (nominated for the Triple Crown Children’s Book Award), and the young adult books The Girl in the Wall (an ALA Quick Pick) and Alive and Well in Prague, New York (a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2008).  Her short stories have appeared in American Girl Magazine.  She earned an MFA at The New School and is an adjunct professor at The New School and McDaniel College, as well as a former high school history teacher. She lives in New York City with her husband, kids and cat, and is currently studying at to become a librarian.


Tango helps me study


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