Melanie Conklin grew up in North Carolina and worked as a product designer for ten years before moving to New York, where she began to write. Her debut novel for kids, Counting Thyme, features the story of a young girl who moves to New York for her brother’s cancer treatment, and is described as Newbery-winning Rules meets Counting by 7s in this affecting story of a girl’s devotion to her brother and what it means to be home. Melanie is a life-long lover of books and those who create them. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey, with her husband and two small maniacs, who are thankfully booklovers, too. When she’s not writing, Melanie spends her time doodling and dreaming up new ways to be creative. Connect with Melanie at melanieconklin.com or on twitter at @MLConklin.