Carolyn Mackler is the author of the award-winning teen novels, "Vegan Virgin Valentine," "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" (a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults), and "Love and Other Four-Letter Words" (an ALA Quick Pick). Carolyn grew up in a small town in western New York. When she was a teenager, she loved flirting with boys, hanging out with her best friend, and counting the days until summer vacation. Today, Carolyn lives in New York with her husband,. She decided to write novels for teenagers because she had tons of stories in her head. Plus, she still loved reading these novels, so she wanted to try it herself. Carolyn is a big snoop and listens in on teenagers in cafes, on the subway and in Central Park. So if you're a teenager and you talk about your life in public, watch out! You may wind up in one of Carolyn's novels some day. She also regularly contributes short stories to Girls’ Life and has written articles for numerous publications including Teen People, Seventeen, Glamour and Shape.