After twelve years on Wall Street, Maureen Sherry—formerly, the youngest Managing Director at Bear Stearns and a Cornell graduate—switched gears to earn her Masters of Fine Arts at Columbia University, to write, and to tutor at inner city schools. Walls Within Walls—her first book, a mystery for middle school audiences—has been awarded curriculum prizes by the states of Texas and Connecticut, and she was named one of the Best New Voices by the American Library Association. Her first novel for adults, Opening Belle is a national bestseller and currently being readied for the big screen. Maureen is an active board member of charities focused on families in poverty, equality in education and environmental sustainability. She lives in New York City with her husband Steve, and four children.