Laurie Halse Anderson was born on and in October 23, 1961 in Potsdam, New York. Her first writing job was a freelance journalist, she worked for the Philadphea Inquirer. Then she wrote her best book (to some people) called Speak. This book won many awards and was New York Times bestseller. Then there was Fever, 1793,followed by Catalyst, Thank you Sarah! The woman that saved Thanksgiving. Her father was a methodist minister and she used to love to play with the typewriter. She has won numerous awards with her books and is a very successful writer. She has this series consisting of Chains and Forge which have both won at least one award.