Martha's Vineyard, MA
Alexandra Bullen, author of Wish, was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in a nearby suburb. After high school, which she survived mostly by reading and writing, she moved to New York City, where she attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She chose Gallatin because of its very long name, and also because there were no math or science requirements. Again, she was able to excel by studying only the things she loved: books, writing, and writing about books. To this day, she counts on her fingers and has no idea what happens to water when it freezes.
During college, Alexandra wrote a play called Wordsworth, about a single mother and her son, a spelling bee champ. Wordsworth received a production at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of its esteemed Mentor Program, and ran for three weeks in the spring of 2004. As a result of the unparalleled experience of seeing the insides of her brain on stage, Alexandra attended the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, not just because of its even longer name, but also because it meant she didn't have to move. At Tisch, she studied playwriting, screenwriting and television writing, before deciding that what she really wanted to do was write books for teenagers.
After nearly a decade of city slicking, Alexandra now lives on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. When she's not writing, she's usually baking something, teaching yoga or chasing down her dogs. Wish is her first novel for young adults, and she is currently and happily at work on a sequel