From Doreen's Website:
I grew up Merrick, New York, with my parents, two brothers and a sister. We lived in a red house with a big backyard in a neighborhood full of kids. My dad was a police officer and he was very, very funny. I decided that I wanted to be a police officer or an FBI agent when I grew up. When I actually did grow up, I realized those were dangerous. I changed my mind. It was my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Cooper, who first told me that I was a writer. She may have told all the students that -- I have no idea! But the moment she told me I was a writer --I became one. Mrs. Cooper gave me extra writing assignments to encourage me. It was extra homework, but I loved it. I also loved our library and spent most of my free time there. I graduated from Penn State in 1988 and St. John’s University School of Law in 1998. I practiced law in downtown Manhattan for a few years. It was during that time that CLICK CLACK MOO: Cows that Type was published. I left my job as an attorney and have been writing ever since. Thank you Mrs. Cooper!