Sarah Dessen





1/1/1970 , Illinois

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Sarah was born in 1970 in Illinois, but spent most of her life in Chapel Hill, NC. Her parents were both professors at the University of North Carolina: her mom is a classicist and her dad teaches Shakespeare. She has one brother, who is a musician and lives in California. Sarah has been writing, in one way or another, for as long as she can remember. She was always a big reader. In high school she had a big group of girlfriends that really inspired a lot of the stories in her books. She is still living in her hometown. Sarah attended college at UNC, where she studied creative writing and graduated with a degree in English. After graduating, instead of doing the whole resume/pantyhose thing, Sarah decided to stick with her job waiting tables at the world famous Flying Burrito Restaurant and try to publish a novel. At the time, she had only one book she had written her senior year of college and the beginnings of another one. Her family was supportive and she spent a few years living in a ramshackle little house where she wrote during the day and did the restaurant thing at night. Three years after graduating, Sarah sold her first book, That Summer. A year after that that Sarah got offered a teaching job and left waitressing for good. Now Sarah has published seven books, all for young adults. They books are Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, This Lullaby, Dreamland, Keeping The Moon, Someone Like You, and That Summer. Now Sarah is writing full time. She lives in the country with her husband, some lizards, and two dogs.