A poor liar but an excellent maker-upper, Elizabeth Ball added stories to the margins of her coloring books and hand-wrote a novella in her middle school notebook. She has since been a baker, a daycare teacher, a writer of industrial safety films, a newspaper reporter, a science writer, a media critic, a book-publishing goon, a development assistant for TV and film, an educational comedy writer, and a materials writer (slash international spy) for the U.S. Department of State. She loves sad comedies and funny dramas, thinks "genre" shouldn't be a dirty word, and wishes everybody everywhere sounded like the people in His Girl Friday