Michael Lavigne was educated at Millersville State University and the University of Chicago, where he did graduate work on the Committee on Social Thought. His first novel, Not Me, won the Sami Rohr Choice Award for emerging Jewish writers, was an American Library Association Sophie Brody Honor Book and a Book of the Month Club Alternate, and was translated into three languages. He has worked extensively in advertising, for which he has won numerous awards, including the Clio, the Effie, and the ADDY. He has also directed commercials and short films—his work having been honored at the New York and Cannes Film Festivals and by Communication Arts. He has been an instructor of writing for radio and television at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife.