Sally Derby was born and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. She had a very ordinary life until she learned to read and write. After that, whenever she wasn't in school, she was either reading or writing herself into exciting and wonderful places.
Sally is the author of many books for children, including No Mush Today (Lee & Low Books), Whoosh Went the Wind (Marshall Cavendish), and Hannah's Bookmobile Christmas (Henry Holt), a Smithsonian Notable Book. Kyle’s Island, her first novel, is “my love letter to Donnel Lake, Michigan, where my grandparents owned a small cottage.”
Sally lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.