1. I live in Austin, TX with my husband and two daughters where we love to hike across the greenbelt for breakfast tacos.

2. My first name is Norwegian, pronounced maa-RIHT. I’m only a quarter Norwegian but my parents really decided to commit. My sister’s name is Kjersti.

3. I’ve retold a PG-13 version of Game of Thrones for my kids, roughly covering all seven seasons. It took a couple of weeks and I’m realizing there are still subplots left.

4. I love nice clothing but spend most of my days wearing workout gear and never bothering to change.

5. I’m a native Northern Californian and I grew up in Silicon Valley before it became the Silicon Valley it is today.

6. From California, I went to Bowdoin College in Maine and was stunned to experience a true winter for the first time.

7. I have a masters degree from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies and worked in development at production companies on the Warner Brothers, Disney and Universal lots. If you ask me which was my favorite, I think I would say Warner Brothers–I’ll never forget seeing all six of the ‘Friends’ on one golf cart. But the Disney Commissary had the best food.

8. I have a golden doodle named Ruby (full name Rubeus Hagrid)

9. I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer–from making up stories with my toys, to secretly writing a romance novel with my friend during high school Latin class.

10. I love to read–especially YA. I love powerful girls and anything having to do with first love.