Rachel Cohn is the bestselling, award-winning author of many books, including Gingerbread and Cupcake. She was born on December 14, 1968 in Silver Spring, Maryland. She grew up in the DC area (suburban Maryland), but she also spent her childhood summers in Western Massachusetts with her grandparents.
From the time Rachel learned how to read and write she was always trying to create stories. She grew up surrounded by books and by family who were educators - the desire and encouragement to write came readily in her household. When she was a kid she loved books by Judy Blume, Ellen Conford and E.L. Konigsburg. Her favorite books were: Harriet the Spy; Deenie; And This Is Laura; Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Anything for A Friend; From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. She also loves anything by Jackie Collins or Sidney Sheldon.
When Rachel was seventeen, she took off for Manhattan to attend Barnard College graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. She thought that she wanted to be a journalist, but it turned out she wanted to make up stories about characters in her head instead of report on actual people's stories. A few years after graduating from college, she moved to San Francisco and got an administrative job at a law firm to support herself while she began to seriously study and write fiction. She wrote three unpublished novels before the fourth she attempted, Gingerbread, was published. Since then, writing has been a full-time career - and pleasure.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with two very cool cats named McNulty and Bunk. She doesn't have any hobbies, unless the pursuit of a great cappuccino counts as one. She spend a ridiculous amount of time organizing her music library and reading books.