Michele Coppola Ames is a freelance editor and writer, as well as a certified language arts teacher with an MA in Education. She worked for 10 years as a children’s book editor for various publishing houses, including Little, Brown; Simon & Schuster; and Penguin. As an editor, she was particularly drawn to young picture books and middle grade novels, and those are the kinds of books she likes to write.
At the age of 15, Michele wrote her first novel in a loose-leaf notebook, which she distributed a chapter at a time to three neighbors. Recently, her children’s opera based on Rumpelstiltskin was performed in New York City, which attracted even more neighbors. She lives in Redding, Connecticut with her husband and three sons, next to a pond that’s home to beavers, geese, turtles, and frogs.