Carol Plum-Ucci

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Last Updated on May 10, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 315

Carol Plum-Ucci was born in 1957 and grew up on the small island of Brigantine, just north of Atlantic City. She came from generations of sea captains, and she spent much of her youth by the sea and at the beach. In addition to working as a sea captain, Plum-Ucci's father was a funeral director. Living above the morgue fed the author's imagination and fostered in her an interest in mysteries and ghost stories.

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Plum-Ucci believes in the power of persistence, and she has certainly been persistent in her writing. She says she has wanted to write since she authored her first poem in third grade, and she has never wavered from that pursuit. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in journalism, and then gained experience in business writing as well as in fiction. After working as a staff writer for the Miss America Organization in Atlantic City for fifteen years, Plum-Ucci enrolled in graduate school at Rutgers University where she currently works as a Teaching Assistant. While at Rutgers, she wrote The Body of Christopher Creed, her first published novel.

Before writing her novel, Plum-Ucci had received numerous awards for her nonfiction, including the Kneale Award in Journalism Excellence in Feature Writing. The Body of Christopher Creed gained her recognition as a young adult novelist, winning the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award for literary excellence in literature for young adults and becoming one of four contenders for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for a young adult mystery. Plum-Ucci says that she wrote four novels before she wrote The Body of Christopher Creed, though none of them were published. Now Dreamworks has optioned her book. Plum-Ucci lives in Ocean City, New Jersey and awaits the publication of her most recent novel, What Happened to Lani Garver. She speaks at writing conferences, schools, and other groups on the importance of persistence.

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