Ellen Schreiber is a New York Times bestselling author. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University as a theatre major and spent a summer studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Previously an actress and stand-up comic, Schreiber wrote her first young adult novel after reading a young adult novel on a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles. Her brother, Mark Schreiber, who is also an author, helped edit her first novel, Johnny Lightning, which was first published in the Dutch language in Belgium. In 2001, HarperCollins published her first book in English, Teenage Mermaid. Schreiber is the author of the popular Vampire Kisses series and Blood Relatives manga.