Caren Lissner describes herself as a "chronic creative writer" who is constantly thinking of story ideas. A University of Pennsylvania graduate with a B.A. in English, she published both serious and humorous pieces in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, McSweeney's, and Weatherwise Magazine. The joys and frustrations of single nerd-dom in the big city drove her to write the novel Carrie Pilby. You can visit her online at carenlissner.com.