Karen Hattrup grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her parents and brother, devouring books from an early age. She studied journalism at Loyola University Maryland and went on to become a newspaper reporter, first in Maryland and then in Indiana, writing features and serving as an award-winning arts critic. Karen later studied nonfiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University. She has published two young adult novels with HarperCollins: Frannie and Tru (2016) and Our Year in Love and Parties (coming fall of 2019). She lives with her family just outside of Baltimore.