I was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1956.
When I was a kid, I loved books and going to the theatre. With my brothers and sister, I performed many plays and circuses in the backyard.
I went to high school in Toronto, but decided to work instead of going to college. I had lots of different jobs before becoming a writer, including a theatre usher, a cookie seller, a waitress, a sailor, a photo stylist and a toy designer. I had my own company, called Jesse Design, for fifteen years.
I've lived in New York City since 1978, but spend summers in Stratford, Ontario, where my parents and grandparents lived.
I have two daughters named Hannah and Nell.
Favourite Childhood Books
ELOISE IN MOSCOW
by Kay Thompson
THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE
(and everything else) by Joan Aiken
by Edward Eager
MINNOW ON THE SAY
MISS MASHAM'S REPOSE
by T.H. White
Rodney Alan Greenblat
Jean de Brunhoff