Meg Rosoff was born in Boston in 1956, second of four sisters, and grew up in the Boston suburbs.
After three years at Harvard she applied to art school in London, was accepted for a year studying sculpture, packed a bag and got on a plane.
Eventually she returned to the US to finish her degree, moved to New York City, spent ten years working in publishing and advertising, and then one day quit her job, told all her friends she was going back to London for three months, and has been there ever since.
After her youngest sister died of cancer in 2001, Meg decided that life was too short to work in advertising. In 2004, her first novel, How I Live Now, won the Guardian Award (2004), Michael L. Printz Award (2005), and the Branford Boase Award (2005), and was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread Award. Her second novel, Just In Case, won the Carnegie Medal in 2007. Rosoff’s other novels include What I Was, The Bride’s Farewell and There Is No Dog, as well as three picture books. How I Live Now has been made into a film directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Saoirse Ronan, due for release in late 2013. Picture Me Gone, her sixth novel, will be published in September 2013.