About

After a childhood spent devouring every book and magazine I could get my hands on and dreaming up stories that took place along the Oregon Trail, I left the suburbs of Boston to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. As an English major and Benjamin Franklin Honors Scholar, I continued devouring every book and magazine I could get my hands on and dreaming up stories (most of which didn’t take place along the Oregon Trail).

Post-college, I shipped out to bucolic Vermont to teach creative writing and Pilates to high school students at a summer arts camp. There, I picked buckets of blueberries, ran across rolling hills, and realized I was not nearly mature enough to be teaching anyone much of anything.

And so I moved to Manhattan and broke into magazine publishing, starting at Glamour and then moving on to Redbook and next Self, where I became Features Editor. I worked on stories about topics as diverse as sex, parenting, social activism, happiness and career, I interviewed the occasional V.I.P. (including Michelle Obama and both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, a.k.a. Coach and Mrs. Taylor for Friday Night Lights fans), and I gathered material for what would eventually become my debut novel, PRETTY IN INK.

After seven years in publishing, I decided I was finally ready to try my hand at teaching again. So I waved goodbye to magazines and began my Master’s of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. I took classes on Shakespeare and adolescent literature alike, and talked books with teenagers. I then joined the faculty of NEST+m, a Manhattan public high school, as the A.P. Literature and Creative Writing teacher, plus advisor of the literary magazine, the yearbook, and National Honor Society. During my three years of teaching, I aspired to be a slightly more down-to-earth and slightly less clueless reincarnation of my favorite fictional teacher, Miss Jean Brody.

These days, I work as a scriptwriter at BrainPOP, an animated educational site for kids. I spend my days researching topics as diverse as Nuclear Fusion, Emily Dickinson, and the Tuskegee Airmen, and then translating what I’ve learned into an engaging, narrative format. My scripts get made into animated movies to be used in classrooms grades 4-10, nationwide and all across the world.

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my charming husband and adorable and hilarious 1-year-old daughter.

My newest novel, OTHERWISE ENGAGED, is the story of newly engaged couple Molly and Gabe: When Gabe writes an instant-bestselling novel that’s a thinly-veiled retelling of his scandalous relationship with his ex, it prompts his ex to reappear in his life and rekindle what they once had—at least, that’s how it seems to Molly. But even more concerning? Gabe doesn’t seem concerned at all. Instead, he’s delighting in his newfound fame and success. As fact and fiction, and past and present, all begin to blur for Molly, her relationship—and soon, her career, her friendships, and the rest of her life—start to unravel. OTHERWISE ENGAGED will be published in January 2019. Pre-order it at IndieBoundAmazon, or Barnes & Noble

My second novel, IF WE LIVED HEREis an exploration of love, friendship, and the particular horrors of a NYC apartment hunt; as 30-something couple Emma and Nick take the plunge into cohabitation, they slowly stumble towards what it means to grow up, build a life together, and create a home that’s just right for them. Order it herehere, or here. Already read the book and have some thoughts? I’d love for you to tap into your inner book critic and wrote a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

My first novel, PRETTY IN INKis a sharp, fun satire of the world of women’s magazines. Order it on Amazon, on Barnes & Noble, on Target (which has named me to its Emerging Authors program), or on IndieBound. In 2016, PRETTY IN INK was translated into Japanese and published in Japan (check it out here)!

For updates on OTHERWISE ENGAGED, IF WE LIVED HERE, PRETTY IN INK, and other writerly stuff, please fan me on Facebook or follow me @lindseyjpalmer on Twitter. Thank you!

Cheers, Lindsey

Lindsey J. Palmer

Lindsey J. Palmer

After a childhood spent devouring every book and magazine I could get my hands on and dreaming up stories that took place along the Oregon Trail, I left the suburbs of Boston to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. As an English major and Benjamin Franklin Honors Scholar, I continued devouring every book and magazine I could get my hands on and dreaming up stories (most of which didn't take place along the Oregon Trail).

Post-college, I shipped out to bucolic Vermont to teach creative writing and Pilates to high school kids at a summer arts camp. There, I picked blueberries, ran across rolling hills, and realized I was not nearly mature enough to be teaching anyone much of anything.

And so I moved to Manhattan and broke into magazine publishing, starting at Glamour and then moving on to Redbook and next Self, where I was Features Editor. I worked on stories about relationships and sex, parenting, social activism, career and finances, and well-being; I interviewed the occasional V.I.P. (including Michelle Obama and both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, a.k.a. Coach and Mrs. Taylor for Friday Night Lights fans); and I gathered material for what would eventually become my debut novel, PRETTY IN INK.

After nearly a decade in publishing, I decided I was finally ready to try my hand at teaching again. So I waved goodbye to magazines and began my Master's of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. I took classes on Shakespeare and adolescent literature, and talked books with teenagers. I then joined the faculty of NEST+m, a Manhattan public high school, as the A.P. Literature and Creative Writing teacher, plus advisor of the literary magazine, the yearbook, and National Honor Society. During my three years of teaching, I aspired to be a slightly more down-to-earth reincarnation of my favorite fictional teacher, Miss Jean Brody.

These days, I work as a scriptwriter at BrainPOP, an animated educational site for kids. I spend my days researching topics as diverse as Nuclear Fusion, Emily Dickinson, and the Tuskegee Airmen, and then translating what I've learned into an engaging, narrative format. My scripts get made into short films to be shown in classrooms grades 4-10, nationwide and around the world.

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and 1-year-old daughter.