I was born in Ankara, raised in Minneapolis, and live near Ithaca NY with my family. I have a drama BFA from NYU, and an MLIS from Syracuse University. I was a reference and research librarian at Cornell University for a few years, until I quit to index books and write.

I’m also on the board of a local independent bookstore, Buffalo Street Books. I became an owner when it went cooperative a few years back, and I volunteer there, shelving avalanches of new books, sorting (and snagging) ARCs, washing windows, writing grants, and trying not to buy more than I can read in this lifetime.