It all began with an unhealthy obsession with books as a child. (Like everyone, right?)


I was born in Los Angeles and raised in one of its suburbs (Glendale!), where my love of books led to writing and then studying communication at the University of California, San Diego. While there, I ditched my journalism goals and instead wrote a lot of papers about things like cultural appropriation, Dogme films, and Filipino literature. After graduating I worked at a bookstore where I spent many blissful days suggesting reads for kids and adults. Soon after, I decided to go to grad school to study publishing, literature, and writing at Emerson College. I also worked for a textbook publisher so I know what things like C++ and Ruby on Rails are (but not really). When I moved back to LA, I worked for a couple of art book publishers and then finished writing this YA novel that I had started years ago. It became Since You Asked…, my debut novel which was published by Scholastic in 2013.

authorphotoI’m now lucky enough to spend my days writing alongside my husband who draws and writes children’s books and also does a little bit of both for movies. We live in L.A. where we eat lots of Korean and Mexican food and take intense pleasure in identifying trees.

I am represented by Judith Hansen of the Hansen Literary Agency.

Thanks for visiting!

(Author photo by Emma Goo. )


Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of Since You Asked… and I Believe in a Thing Called Love and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. You can find her in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats–one weird, one even more weird.

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