Ally Carter was born Sarah Leigh Fogleman on January 1, 1974. She graduated from the Oklahoma State University and Cornell University. Her first book, Cheating at Solitaire, was released in 2005 and tells the story of a famously single self-help guru who becomes very publicly linked to one of Hollywoods hottest up-and-coming male stars. Carters first young-adult novel was Id Tell You I Love You, But Then Id Have to Kill You. It is the story of a girl who goes to a prestigious spy school and what happens when she falls for a normal boy who has no idea who she really is. It was selected as a Texas Lone Star reading list book for 2007-2008. Her novel Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 10 weeks. Her titles also include Dont Judge a Girl By Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, Heist Society, and Uncommon Criminals.