* Kate grew up just outside of New York City, an only child, a Scorpio, a bookworm.
* Majored in English at Yale, in hopes of becoming a poet.
* No poet jobs in the Help Wanteds so...
* Taught English at her own high school (only occasionally mistaken for a student).
* Spent almost a decade as a journalist, including as a feature writer for Rolling Stone and an editor at The New Republic.
* Began writing middle grade and YA fiction as a Washington transplant homesick for her childhood in New York.
* Won the Edgar award for Best Juvenile Mystery for "The Night Tourist"
* Religion: lapsed astrologist (inspiration for the forthcoming, "Jepp, Who Defied the Stars" October 2012!)