Barbara Dee

Barbara Dee is the author of The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys, Trauma Queen, This Is Me From Now On, Solving Zoe (Bank Street Best Children’s Books), and Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Her next book, Star-Crossed, will be published by Aladdin/S&S Spring 2017. Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her family, two naughty cats, and a rescue hound dog named Ripley. Barbara blogs at Read more about Barbara at

Books by this Author

Truth or Dare
The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys
Trauma Queen
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You don't have to figure it all out at once.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. There’s a huge, noisy diner near my house that my whole family loves. Every time we go there I order the same meal: a big green salad and a thick, spicy seafood soup full of mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops and other chewy creatures I don’t want to think too hard about. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s my favorite meal—especially when I’m also able to sneak a few sips of my kids’ vanilla milkshakes.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Crumbs in the butter.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Ice cream flavor testing. Is that a profession? It ought to be!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She's smart, but not as smart as she thinks.