Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Maria Padian fell in love with New England when she went off to college. A firm believer that most weather can be managed with the right outwear, she may be found outdoors whenever she isn’t in her writing room.
She is the author of the young adult novels Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best; Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress, which was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and received a Maine Lupine Award and Maine Literary Award; and Out of Nowhere, which was a Bank Street College Book of the Year, a Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book, and winner of the Maine Lupine Award and Maine Literary Award.
A graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Virginia (she did venture south for a while, where she met and married a southerner, but eventually retreated north and brought him along), Maria has worked as a news reporter, an essayist for public radio, a press secretary for a U.S. congressman and a freelance writer. An avid tennis player, gardener, skier and hiker, she is a recent convert to sea kayaking and enjoys exploring the Maine coast in her Wilderness Tsunami when she’s not writing. She lives with her family and their Australian shepherd in Brunswick, Maine.