Meet the author Mail a fan letter at Rachel Renée Russell Dork Diaries c/o Writers House 21 West 26th Street New York, NY 10010 Send an email at RachelRussell@DorkDiaries.com Rachel Renée Russell is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling book series, Dork Diaries. She’s an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court. Rachel first introduced us to Nikki Maxwell in 2009 and since that time she has written 11 books in the series which have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. For a cool peek at some of the Dorky books that have been translated into over 36 different languages, check out the Dorks Around The World links at the bottom of this page! Can you share a little about your background? I grew up in Saint Joseph, Michigan, a small city located on the shore of Lake Michigan. I have 2 younger sisters and 2 younger twin brothers. I wrote and illustrated my first book in 6th grade as a birthday present for my brothers. I’m an attorney but my passion is writing children’s books. I currently reside in Northern Virginia with my very spoiled Yorkie who actually believes she is half human and half cat. Do you have any children? I have two daughters, Erin and Nikki. Although Nikki Maxwell is named after my youngest daughter, Nikki, her personality is a combination of myself, Erin and Nikki. What’s your inspiration for writing Dork Diaries? My daughters, Erin and Nikki are my inspiration for writing Dork Diaries. They are both a lot like Nikki Maxwell – very DORKY. Many of the events in the book series are based on real life experiences my daughters and I had when we attended middle school. I’m thrilled to know that my book series has inspired so many young girls and boys to be proud of their uniqueness and embrace their inner DORK! Were you considered a DORK in middle school? Yes! And, I’m STILL a total DORK. What are your hobbies? My hobbies include reading middle grade books, growing purple flowers and doing totally useless crafts like, for example, making a microwave oven out of Popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter. You’d be surprised what I can create with a glue gun and a little creativity! Will there be a Dork Diaries movie? The Dork Diaries series was recently optioned as a movie by Lionsgate Summit Films. This means that all of my ADORKABLE fans will see all of their favorite Dork Diaries characters on the big screen! SQUEEEE!!! How cool would that be!? I’m really excited because bringing Nikki Maxwell and her family and friends to life will be a dream come true!