Simone Elkeles: Biography
24 apr 1970
Simone Elkeles is a New York Times bestselling author. She is renowned for the 8 books she has written for teenage readers. She was born near Chicago, Illinois and was raised in the suburbs of the city. In 1992, she graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bsc in Psychlogy. She then went on to study for a Master’s in Industrial Relations which she obtained from Loyola University.
Elkeles has said that some of her favourite authors include John Green, David Levithan, Meg Cabot and Susan ELizaeth Phillips. When she herself was a teenager, she enjoyed reading Judy Blume’s novels. The romance and sexual content of some of Judy Blume’s writing can be seen to be inspiration for Elkeles’ novels for teenagers. She has also said that her own teenage experiences and passions continue to fuel, inspire and influence her novels.
Elekes’s books have appeared in both the New York Times and the USA Today bestseller list. She has also won several awards including being given YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Her name was also added to the ‘Read for a Lifetime’ reading list for Illinois. Her novel, Perfect Chemistry, also won the Romance Writers of America RITA award.
Simone Elkeles has two children and two dogs and still lives in the suburbs of Chicago. She uses her spare time to drive her kids to and from hockey games and to be a Girl Scout leader, specialising outdoor education, for local young people. She also speaks at conferences as well as at schools, libraries and literary festivals.