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 Follow on Twitter Twitter 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 13 books in the series which have sold more than 45 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? The Dork Diaries series was inspired by my dorky daughter, Nikki, who also illustrates the books. Many of the dramatic tales, zany escapades, and exciting adventures chronicled in the books are based on real-life experiences from our own middle-school years. I am thrilled to know that girls and boys around the world enjoy my book series and are inspired to embrace their uniqueness and be kind to others. So, just keep reading, and always let your inner Dork shine through! 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!