A professional writer and editor for many years, Alida Durham Clemans decided in 2018 to follow her heart and become a children’s author. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, while completing her second and third middle grade novels. Alida grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and lives in New York with her husband, Marc, and a scruffy rescue dog. When she’s not writing kid lit, she works as a communications writer for an independent school. Her favorite food is ice cream.