LINDSEY J. PALMER
After a childhood spent devouring every book and magazine I could get my hands on and dreaming up stories that took place along the Oregon Trail, I left the suburbs of Boston to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. As an English major and Benjamin Franklin Honors Scholar, I continued devouring every book and magazine I could get my hands on and dreaming up stories (most of which didn’t take place along the Oregon Trail).
Post-college, I shipped out to bucolic Vermont to teach creative writing and Pilates to high school students at a summer arts camp. There, I picked buckets of blueberries, ran across rolling hills, and realized I was not nearly mature enough to be teaching anyone much of anything.
And so I moved to Manhattan and broke into magazine publishing, starting at Glamour and then moving on to Redbook and next Self, where I became Features Editor. I worked on stories about topics as diverse as sex, parenting, social activism, happiness and career, I interviewed the occasional V.I.P. (including Michelle Obama and both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, a.k.a. Coach and Mrs. Taylor for Friday Night Lights fans), and I gathered material for what would eventually become my debut novel, PRETTY IN INK.
After seven years in publishing, I decided I was finally ready to try my hand at teaching again. So I waved goodbye to magazines and began my Master’s of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. I took classes on Shakespeare and adolescent literature alike, and talked books with teenagers. I then joined the faculty of NEST+m, a Manhattan public high school, as the A.P. Literature and Creative Writing teacher, plus literary magazine advisor and National Honor Society advisor. During my three years of teaching, I aspired to be a slightly more down-to-earth and slightly less clueless reincarnation of my favorite fictional teacher, Miss Jean Brody.
These days, I’m working as a scriptwriter at BrainPOP, an animated educational site for kids. That means I spend my days researching topics as diverse as Nuclear Fusion, Emily Dickinson, and the Tuskegee Airmen, and then translating what I’ve learned into an engaging, narrative format. My scripts get made into animated movies to be used in classrooms grades 4-10, nationwide and all across the world.
My newest novel, IF WE LIVED HERE, was published by Kensington in 2015. (Order it here, here, or here.) The book is an exploration of love, friendship, and the particular horrors of a NYC apartment hunt; as 30-something couple Emma and Nick take the plunge into cohabitation, they slowly stumble towards what it means to grow up, build a life together, and create a home that’s just right for them. Already read the book and have some thoughts? I’d love for you to tap into your inner book critic and wrote a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
My first novel, PRETTY IN INK, is a sharp, fun satire of the world of women’s magazines. Order it on Amazon, on Barnes & Noble, on Target (which has named me to its Emerging Authors program), or on IndieBound. In 2016, PRETTY IN INK was translated into Japanese and published in Japan (check it out here)!