Betty G. Birney has been a star soccer player, a beautiful princess, and a cheerleader—in her writing, that is. In reality, she once made it to the finals of her junior high cheerleading tryouts, and she still plays a mean game of Ping-Pong. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she has worked in the Kingdom of Hollywood for many years, where she's written over two hundred television shows. Her work has garnered numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Writers Guild of America award, three Humanitas Prizes, a Christopher Award, and many state awards. She now reigns over her backyard office in Los Angeles. Alas, her house does not have a dungeon.